Museums on the Bosphorus

Yali’s on the Bosphorus Road (the one in the middle is Sadberk Hanim Museum)

I had a friend visiting from the States that I wanted to take somewhere off the beaten path and decided what could be better than two of my favorite museums located along the Bosphorus – Sadberk Hanim Museum and Sabanci Museum. Both of these museums are in the Sariyer district which is considered to be one of the far edges of the city. Until I started going to Koc I couldn’t quite figure out how to get there without a car either but now thanks to my daily commute I know!

Sadberk Hanim Museum, which  is located in Buyukdere (see map below) and is worthy of a visit if not for their select antiquities collection then definitely for their Turkish-Islamic section with an added bonus of two rooms setup displaying a henna night and a circumcision bed (the celebratory part).  You also get a feel for what the inside of an old yali (seaside mansion) looks like.

Sadberk Hanim Museum (

Buyukdere, Piyasa Cad. No 27-29 Istanbul

How to get there:

Taking a taxi to Buyukdere would cost around 50TL from Taksim.

Public transportation is quite easy and cost effective. The metro line (M2) from Taksim to Haciosman ( last stop). The metro runs every 5-7 minutes. From Haciosman Metro station any bus going to Sariyer will pass by Sadberk Hanim Museum – just ask when you get on the bus. The stop should be ‘Beyaz Park’.

Sabanci Museum

Our second stop was the Sabanci Museum which is located further down the Bosphorus, in Emirgan. Sabanci Museum is housed in an early 20th century Kosk that used to be the Industrialist Sabanci family’s mansion. Besides the spectacular view, their Manuscript Illumination collection that was exhibited at the Metropolitan Musem of Art and the Louvre museum back in 2000 would be worth the trip.

Sabanci Museum  (

Sakip Sabanci Cad. No 42, Emirgan, Istanbul

Tel:  +90 212 277 2200

How to get there:

If you want to go directly to Sabanci Museum you can take the metro line (M2) from Taksim to 4. Levent station. At 4. Levent the bus EL1 and EL2 going to Emirgan will take you to the Emirgan-Cinaralti busstop.


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