Rahmi Koc Museum, Ankara
The Rahmi Koc Industry Museum is in walking distance from the castle of Ankara. It’s interesting if you are into old old-objects (antiques) and industrial items from engineering etc. Some items are miniatures of trains, boats, planes but you can also see full size vehicles like the Ford Model T from 1918!
The museums is housed in an old building that was build back in 1522 (in a fromer caravanserai). It was founded by Rahmi M Koc.
It’s not big so you wont get tired. What I enjoyed most were the rooms that had vintage items like old photo cameras, studio type camera (like some Ansco models from 1909), personal computers from the 80s (I saw my first Spectrum!), old turn tables, radios (locals may recognize some old items from Nevtron, the first Turkish radio brand) etc
There is also a room that houses the historic national flag, one of the first flags that ordered by Kemal Ataturk for the celebration of the declaration of the Turkish Republic on 29/10/1923.
The entrance fee was 6TL(2011 price). It is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-17.00(till 19.00 on weekends)
In the inner yard or at the outdoor terrace you can have a meal or cafe break.
Open everyday except Mondays.
Entrance fee: 3 YTL (regular), 1.25 YTL (student)
Rahmi M. Koç Museum has opened a branch in Çengelhan, Ankara Citadel. Çengelhan is one of the oldest buildings in Ankara, dating back to the 15th century, and has hosted travelers and traders as well as having a distinct role as the trading center of the region. As of April 2005, it is the first industrial museum in the Capital.
Çengelhan is located opposite the main entrance of Ankara Citadel. Rüstem Paşa, the husband of Sultan Süleyman's daughter Mihrimah Sultan, had it built in 1523. With its arches and columns, its architecture is unique, and had served its visitors for centuries. The building was later used as a tannery and a wool depot. Rahmi Koç has rented Çengelhan for 18 years and has opened its doors to visitors after fourteen-month renovation with its 32 exhibition rooms and 800 items.
The museum has three stories, each of which hosts a different theme. The one-story rectangular building in the middle of the courtyard at the entrance is the copperware store where Vehbi Koç, the most famous businessman in Turkey, spent his childhood. He began his business life in this store; he would arrive at the store early in the morning and would sweep the floors before his father came.
Çengelhan Divan Brasserie is located on the same floor and has a capacity of 80 people. The classic 1918 Ford Model T and the red 1959 Fiat around immediately attract attention. Among the items used in decoration are a pedaled sewing machine, which no longer exists in our daily life, a black and white TV set, medical devices from the turn of the century and a small grand piano.
Model trains, toys, communication apparatus, a model of Hitler's yacht, and navigation and aviation accessories are exhibited in separate rooms. If you are tall, we strongly suggest you be careful while entering the rooms, as the doors are very low. The most impressive item is one of the first Turkish flags, which Atatürk had prepared for the declaration of the Republic. The terrace of Divan with its view of Ankara Citadel is also located on this floor and is open in summers.
Tractors and agricultural vehicles from the 1940s are on display on the ground floor together with various kinds of carpets and kilims. This area will be arranged to enable painting, photo and sculpture exhibits in due course.
Çengelhan Divan Brasserie adds a different atmosphere to this historical place with its modern decoration. Divan is open everyday, except Monday, between 12:00 and 02:00. It offers specialties such as Ankara Tava, Ballı Dana Kaburga (veal rib with honey), Levrek Buğulama (stewed sea bass) and deserts prepared with exceptional recipes. Grup Mest performs live music on the weekends from 20:30 to 24:00. Çengelhan Divan Brasserie is also available for special parties and wedding organizations.
This is a very new private museum in Ankara. Rahmi Koc is the owner of the biggest holding in Turkey. He is the son of Vehbi Koc who had started his business life in a small shop in Ankara. Rahmi Koc bought and renovated the historical building in which his father's shop was sutiaed and turned it into an industry museum in 2005.
This is the sister Museum of another larger museum dedicated to history of transport, industry and communications and created by Rahmi Koc in Istahbul.
In 32 rooms of the museum, it is possible to see not only some scientific and medical tools used many years ago but also many items of daily life such as old TVs, radios and models of old ships, planes, railway tools.
There is a nice coffee-house in the museum where you can eat really nice cakes, hoewever it is quite expensive.
When visiting the museum, please remember to watch your head!! It is a very old building (first built in 1522) and at those times the doors were built very short to keep the heat inside, therefore you must be careful to keep your head when entering into rooms.