İstanbul: Little cultural explorers and discoverers wellcome.

Istanbul can also be actively discovered with children. The various museums of the metropolis expand the explorers' awareness of culture, art, technology as well as history and create entertaining moments for the whole family.

Istanbul's children's museums are also preparing for 23 April, National Sovereignty Day and Festival of the Child in Türkiye. This holiday is dedicated to children, making it an ideal opportunity for families to explore the child-friendly facilities in the big city.

Planes, automobiles and more: The Rahmi M. Koç Museum

Opened in 1994, the Rahmi M. Koç Museum is one of the exceptional museums in the big city. Located in Hasköy on the banks of the Golden Horn, it is the only major museum in Türkiye dedicated to the history of transport, industry and communication. The facility promises an unforgettable journey into the past with exhibits such as vintage cars, the first trams, boats, antique aeroplanes, steamships and penny-farthings (the first types of bicycles). In addition, many scientific inventions and tools are on display. The museum's collection also includes some of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's personal belongings. The Rahmi M. Koç Museum regularly organises various activities and workshops for children of different ages, while parents have the opportunity to visit the nearby cafés and restaurants by the sea.  (

A journey into childhood: The Toy Museum

The Toy Museum is located in a historic mansion in Kadıköy, the most famous neighbourhood on the Asian side. It welcomes visitors of all ages to the colourful world of toys. With a toy collection that poet and writer Sunay Akın has amassed over two decades in antique shops and auctions in more than 40 countries, this museum is an excellent place for parents and children to spend time together. The exhibits inside include the most famous examples of toy history from 1700 to the present day, offering families the opportunity to learn about the historical toy world in a fun and memorable way. In addition, the Istanbul Toy Museum pioneered the creation of an association of children's and toy museums around the world, giving the metropolis the title of "Toy Museum Capital".  

Where time stands still: Miniatürk

Another museum popular with children is Miniatürk, which brings together the architectural heritage of the civilisations that have dominated Anatolia throughout history. Opened in 2003 under the motto "A small model of the great country", Miniatürk is a unique park that displays 1:25 scale models of Turkiye's most important buildings. Miniature models of 137 architectural works, from caravanserais to complexes, mosques, churches and synagogues, from ancient buildings to palaces, show the country's artistry and architecture. A visit to Miniatürk is a wonderful introduction to Turkish history!  (

A world of optical illusion: The Museum of Illusions

Magic and illusions are always fascinating, especially when seen through a child's eyes. The Istanbul Museum of Illusions invites youngsters into the surprising and entertaining world of illusions at Narmanlı Han in Beyoğlu on the European side and Emaar Square Mall on the Asian side. Optical illusions, holograms, illusion tunnels and cleverly designed rooms that turn visitors upside down offer fascinating experiences for all ages. The Museum of Illusions offers children an interactive and entertaining journey. With their perceptual tricks, the exhibits also contribute to the development of children's imagination. Check out the museum's infinity room, vortex tunnel and upside-down room. (