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Museum of Islam, Science and Technology Opened in Istanbul

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Istanbul welcomed a new modern museum; the Museum of the History of Islam, Science, and Technology is opened in the Gülhane Park on May 24, 2008.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the world’s first museum of  Islamic science and technology museum.

The world’s first museum of  Islamic science and technology, a project backed by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism in cooperation with the Greater İstanbul Municipality, will open in İstanbul’s Gülhane Park in May.

The museum, which is supported by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism in cooperation with the Greater İstanbul Municipality, will exhibit works produced by Turkish and Muslim scientists well in advance of the industrial revolution.

The Historical Islamic Science and Technology Museum, will be managed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, is being created in cooperation with the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA), the Greater İstanbul Municipality and Professor Sezgin of Frankfurt University. In the initial stages, the museum will display 140 different pieces, though over time the number of displayed items is expected to rise to 800. A special Science History Library will also be included as part of the museum.

Items to be displayed include examples of devices and tools used in geography, astronomy, oceanography, machinery, geometry, optics, medicine, chemistry, mining, physics, mechanics, war and architecture.

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