Marmara University Republic Museum and Art Gallery

When I entered the museum, I was expecting a museum where artifacts related to the Republic were exhibited. But there are short-term exhibitions in the museum building. We can say that it is used as an exhibition hall and art gallery.

In addition to temporary exhibitions, there is also İhap Hulusi Görey‘s permanent gallery, which was added to the museum in 2010. İhap Hulusi Görey was Turkey’s first graphic designer. Görey, one of the great names of Turkish advertising, made his first poster design order for İnci Toothpaste Company. We all know him through a book cover. In 1932, he designed the cover of the Alphabet book upon Atatürk’s order.

Cumhuriyet Muzesi Ihap Hulusi Gorey Calismalari
Works by İhap Hulusi Görey, the First Graphic Artist

İhap Hulusi is also the person who designed the label of the drink Club Raki, the logo of Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi and the packaging of Birinci cigarettes. You can see many of his works in the İhap Hulusi Görey Gallery on the ground floor of the Republic Museum.

In my 50 years of working life, I have naturally experienced many difficulties, but despite these difficulties, I am pleased and fortunate as a painter who brought the first color poster painting to Turkey. – İhap Hulusi

Marmara Universitesi Cumhuriyet Muzesi Binasi
Marmara Universitesi Cumhuriyet Muzesi Ihap Hulusi Galerisi

How much is the entrance fee to Marmara University Republic Museum?

Entrance to the Republic Museum is free. You can visit after your bag is searched at the entrance. You also need to go downstairs to reach İhap Hulusi’s gallery.

Where is Marmara University Republic Museum and how to get there?

The Republic Museum is located on the south side of Sultanahmet Square, behind the Knitted Column. The building says Marmara University, but the entrance to the museum is located at the corner of Üçler Street and Şht. The entrance to the museum is from the building on the corner of Üçler Street and Şht. The most convenient way to get to Sultanahmet Square and therefore to this museum is to take the T1 tram line and get off at the Sultanahmet stop.