Take a trip back in time and see all those toys you once had.
Well maybe not all but a great many from not just Turkey but around the world.
Open every Tuesday to Friday 09.30-18.00,Saturday and Sunday 09.30-19.00
Closed Mondays,entrance 6Ytl for grown-ups,4Ytl for students.
Can get train from Haydarpasa station to Goztepe,then it's around the corner or get bus numbers 10,10B,10S,14CK,14KS,17,17L,19F,19K,19M,19S,GZ1 or GZ2 from Kadikoy to Goztepe,then it's a bit further to walk.
You can't miss the 3 giraffes outside.
Istanbul Toy museum is a new museum and it is not known by many. This private museum was opened at 23 April 2005 (on the national children's day). A well-known poet Sunay Akin founded the museum. His collection of more than 2000 toys are being exhibited at a renovated old mansion in Kadikoy, Goztepe. The building is the only old house at that area rescued from being demolished and built a tall apartment instead.
I enjoyed the museum a lot. They have old and new toys (some of them more than 100 years old) from different places of the world, but mostly from Turkey. What i liked most is the way the toys are being exhibited. There is a room for trains and the room itself is decorated like a train compartment, the submarine toys are exhibited at the basement in a room decorated like a submairine, etc.
The museum is open between 9:00-18:00 except Mondays.
A recently opened (in 23th April 2005)museum in Asian side of the city.Very symphatic and joyfull place to wisit many tinplate wooden and antique toys are displaying in a 19th century mansion.aA cafeteria is also located here.
The founder of museum is Mr Sunay akin who is also a famous author and a poet.A must see place.....
Recently my Finnish frends with 3 sweet kids (2, 4 and 6) visited me and they loved Toy Museum in Göztepe, feeding seagulls with simit from boat, taking a horsecar in Büyükada.
Be aware of that Turkish people love to dandle kids on public and it is a well accepted behaviour. My Finnish friends were quite shocked to see people holding, caressing their 3 kids, giving them candies on street, bus stop, bus, boat etc. But maybe it will not seem too strange for you to get attention of affectionate stranger people as a person who is probably from a more similar culture :)
Miniatürk, Rahmi Koç Museum and Gülhane are also very right opinions.
Please feel free to ask any questions or help which can make your family trip easier and better.