Hisart Living History and Diorama Museum
Hisart Living History and Diorama Museum is a museum, a war museum, whose name is a combination of the words History and Art, and a three-dimensional modeling of real events. But rather than a simple diorama museum, it was able to reflect the spirit much better by supporting it with a different layout, each one is like a movie scene.
Hisart Museum has a large number of dioramas, it may even be one of the museums with the largest diorama collection in the world. Dioramas are works modeled in 3D by supporting historical events with background visuals and small models. Of course, in many parts of the museum, you can examine war materials such as swords, arrows, guns, rifles used in the war, and soldiers, some of whom are dressed in original and some in similar outfits.
In this museum, we can see the important wars, events and people of history that determined the fate of the world, modeled and animated in 3D. The period starts from the Roman and Byzantine Period and continues with the Seljuk Period, the Ottoman Period, before and after the War of Independence, and World War II. I really think that especially art and history lovers should definitely visit it.
Founded in 2014 by Nejat Çuhadaroğlu, a collector who has made model building a hobby. In fact, the models, models, mannequins and constructions inside the museum were completely organized and built by him. It is visually very satisfying. Small details such as bombs, bullets, cannons fired from warships, the clothes of the models, their level of aging and wrinkles in the war scenes are also prepared with great skill.
Costume enthusiasts can also see the costumes of the nations that fought on all fronts. It is possible to see the standard costumes of the Ottoman Empire and the costumes inspired by Germany and France towards the last years of the Ottoman Empire. We can also see the costumes of pilots, mountaineers, medics, janissary soldiers and soldiers who dressed differently according to the frontline conditions.
Artifacts from the history where bullets pierced clocks and coins, bullets from Çanakkale hit each other, a bullet split in two at the bayonet, models made by German and Turkish pilots who fought in the Middle East front on the Hejaz railway, where the German fighter plane engine was placed in an empty wagon to provide fast transportation, armor worn by Timur on his warrior elephants, war materials used by the sultans, the world’s first black pilot Arab Ahmet, the talismanic shirt used by the Ottomans to be victorious in wars and to heal… There are so many interesting artifacts that you can spend at least two hours in the museum.
What are the entrance fee and visiting hours of Hisart Living History and Diorama Museum?
You can learn the current prices of the entrance fee to the museum from their website. Students and teachers can enter with a discount. Although those with Müzekart+ can visit the museum once a year, I do not know how they can make this limitation since they do not scan the Müzekart anywhere at the entrance. The museum can be visited between 10:00 – 18:00 every day of the week except Monday. It is only open on Sunday between 12:00 – 18:00.
Where is Hisart Living History and Diorama Museum and how to get there?
The location of the museum is not very central. But it is easily accessible, within walking distance to Çağlayan Courthouse and Florence Nightingale Hospital or Trump Towers. You can easily reach one of these points by bus or minibus. You can get off the Metrobus at Çağlayan station and take the Çağlayan minibuses from Mecidiyeköy, the 48N bus from Taksim, the 48B, 48H, 48S buses from Şişli, the 46Ç or 46E line from Eminönü to reach this museum.
If you are coming by car, it is difficult to find a parking lot on the streets where the museum is located. But there is a parking lot between the main road and the museum. If you think about it, you can leave it here or in the parking lot of Trump Towers.