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The Museum of Islamic Science and Technology in Islam is a stunning museum that displays replicas of Islamic Civilization's inventions from the 9th to 16th centuries. The museum is one of a kind globally, allowing visitors to view the progression of several scientific areas in Islamic civilization.

The museum is located on the outskirts of Gulhane Park, in the former Imperial Stables building. It occupies a 3,500-square-meter exhibition space and displays 570 tool and gadget samples and model collections. It is Turkey's first museum and the world's second after Frankfurt, with this collection of specialties.

The Institute for the Islamic science history of Arab-Islamic Sciences at Frankfurt's Johann Wolfgang Goethe University created the majority of these reproductions, which were based on descriptions and illustrations in written sources and originals of the surviving works.

The globe, which is a reproduction of one of the most important scientific-historical achievements of Arab-Islamic geography, is unquestionably a museum's centerpiece. It is located just in front of the ancient building's entryway. You can also look at the world map with a spherical projection created on behalf of the caliph Al-Ma'mûn (reigned 813-833 AD), which accurately depicts the geography of the known world at the time. Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin's hard research has yielded remarkable discoveries and scientific-historical processing.

History

Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin, an Islamic scientific historian, devised the concept for its opening in 2008. The museum has 12 sections, including astronomy, clocks, and marine, war technology, medicine, mining, physics, maths and geometry, architecture and city planning, chemistry and optics, geography, and a television screening room, where works devices and tools invented and developed by Islamic scientists between the 9th and 16th centuries are on display.

What to See in the Museum Of The History Of Science and Technology in Islam

Exterior

You'll be excited when you walk into the museum and see a giant globe in the garden. It is a re-creation of one of the Islamic scientific tradition's most important achievements. The chart on the world, which Caliph al-Ma'mun commissioned in the 9th century, is shockingly accurate.

The Ibn-i Sina Botanical Garden, which displays the 26 varieties of medicinal plants mentioned in Ibn-i Sina's al-Kanun Fit-Tibb book's second volume, is the second unique display in the garden.

Interior

It is a two-story museum. There are numerous maps and map drawings on the first floor relating to mines, physics, mathematics-geometry, urbanism and architecture, optics, chemistry, and geography.

There is a Cinevision Hall on the second floor where you can witness numerous visuals about the museum, such as astronomy, clock technology, maritime, combat technology, and the medicine department.

There are also models of Islamic scientists' works shown throughout the museum's exhibition halls. The following are some of the must-see examples of Islamic Civilization's inventions.

  • Takiyeddin's Mechanical Clock, 1559
  • From Al-book, Cezeri's Elephant Clock and Hacamati (from the year 1200),
  • Planetarium of Abu Said Es-Siczi
  • Celestial Sphere by Abdurrahman es-Sufi
  • Usturlab by Khidr al-Hucendi
  • Abdurrahman al-12th-century Hazini's minute scale
  • Al-Kanun Fi't Tibb is a medical book written by Ibn-i Sinai.

Astronomy Section

Astronomy is often considered to be one of the world's oldest sciences. Miniatures of famous Islamic observatories, astrolabes, world globes, and measuring equipment are all displayed in this area. In addition, sections on the clock and the sea include

  • Sundials,
  • Clocks designed by al-Jazari and al-Biruni,
  • Mechanical clocks by Taqial-din,
  • One of the Ottoman Period's most prominent astronomers,
  • Chandelier clocks,
  • The Andalusian candle clock with twelve doors, and
  • Nautical equipment.

Department of Physics, This section contains scale models of tools and gadgets described in al-book Jazari's "Kitabu'l-Hiyel." Among the exhibits are a helical pump, 6 piston pump, door bolt with 4 bolts, Perpetuum mobile, scissors shaped elevator, and block and tackle pulley system, in addition to the pycnometer which measures al-specific Biruni's gravity numerically.

The Elephant Clock

The mechanical gadgets created by al-Jazari, the first scientist in the field of cybernetics and robotics, will transport you back in time. He created The Elephant Clock to express his respect for Islam's universality, which spanned from Spain to the Middle East. The Elephant Clock, which attracts everyone's attention, greets visitors in the museum's Entrance Hall.

How to Get to the Museum

Location

The Gulhane Park (old stables building) in the Fatih district's Sirkeci neighborhood houses the Museum of Islamic Science and Technology in Islam. Topkapi Palace Museum is also a short distance away. Look at the map for directions.

Transportation

Bagcilar-Kabatas tram is the most convenient route to go to Gulhane Park (T1 line).

  • Gulhane is the nearest tram stop.
  • Take the funicular from Taksim Square to Kabatas or Tunel Square to Karakoy and then the tram.
  • You can stroll to the museum if you stay at one of the Sultanahmet hotels.
  • Eminonu is also reachable by foot.

Museum Price

As of 2021, the Museum of the History of Science in Islam charges 40 Turkish Liras for admission. Kids under the age of eight are admitted services for free. The Museum Pass Istanbul is redeemable at the museum's entrance.

Museum Working Hours

The Museum of the History of Science in Islam is open between every day 09:00-18:00 (The last entrance is at 17:00)

The Final Word

The Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam is well-known for the aesthetics and didactics of science items and the harmony of experience and learning, and it serves as another essential link in the east-west knowledge culture exchange.

Museum Of The History Of Science and Technology in Islam Hours of Operation

Museum Of The History Of Science and Technology in Islam is open every day.
Summer Period (April 1st - October 31st) 09:00-20:00
Winter Period (November 1st - March 31st) 09:00-18:30
The last entrance is at 19:00 during the summer period, and at 17:30 during the winter period.

Museum Of The History Of Science and Technology in Islam Location

Museum Of The History Of Science and Technology in Islam is located in Gulhane Park Old City.
Has Ahirlar Binalari
Gülhane Park Sirkeci
Istanbul/Turkey

Important Notes:

  • Simply scan your QR code at the entrance and get in.
  • Museum Of The History Of Science and Technology in Islam visit takes around 1 hour.
  • Photo ID will be asked from child Istanbul E-pass holders.
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