The Museum of Innocence

The Museum of Innocence

The Museum of Innocence (Turkish: Masumiyet Müzesi) is a museum in the Çukurcuma neighbourhood of the Beyoğlu district in Istanbul, Turkey. In 1990s famous Nobel winner author Orhan Pamuk decided to create the museum in conjunction with his novel which is about love and set between 1974 and the early 2000s, and characterised life in Istanbul between 1950 and 2000 through two families which have different kind of subsistence levels.

The museum presents what the novel’s characters used, wore, heard, saw, collected and dreamed of, all meticulously arranged in boxes and display cabinets. You don’t have to read the book for spend some time in the museum and get the author’s eccentric idea. The novel was published in 2008, the museum opened in Spring 2012. On 17 May 2014, the museum was announced as the Winner of the 2014 European Museum of the Year Award