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Taksim Square’s New Attraction: The Republic Museum

Istanbul’s Taksim Square has welcomed a new cultural landmark with the opening of the Republic Museum. The historic Taksim Maksem, restored and repurposed by İBB Miras, now serves as the İBB Republic Museum, offering visitors a rich glimpse into Turkey’s journey from the War of Independence to the founding of the Republic.

The grand opening on June 8 saw numerous notable attendees, including Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, Beyoğlu Mayor İnan Güney, Eyüpsultan Mayor Dr. Mithat Bülent Özmen, İBB Deputy Secretary General Mahir Polat, and prominent figures from the arts, politics, business, and media.

Istanbul Mayor touring the new Republic Museum

Dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic, the museum features a comprehensive collection of artifacts and exhibits that capture the spirit of the Republic. Among its highlights are personal belongings of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, including his marshal uniform, boots, knitted sweater, and kalpak.

dress and personal belongings of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

The Taksim Maksem, a significant historical structure built by Sultan Mahmud I between 1732-33, has been meticulously restored to preserve its original character. The restoration not only strengthens the structure but also revitalizes it as a public museum, blending traditional design with contemporary functionality.

The Republic Museum, housed in one of Taksim Square’s iconic buildings, is set to become a prominent symbol of the Republic’s spirit. The museum’s exhibits, events, and activities are designed to reflect the values and achievements of the Republic, making it a key cultural destination in Istanbul.

View of Taksim Square from the new Republic Museum in Istanbul

Taksim Square, already renowned for the Republic Monument unveiled on August 8, 1928, continues to be one of Istanbul’s most significant meeting points. The new Republic Museum enhances this identity, offering residents and visitors a deeper connection to Turkey’s historical and cultural heritage.

İBB Miras has transformed numerous cultural landmarks into public spaces since 2019, and the Republic Museum is its latest project. By reviving the Taksim Maksem, İBB Miras has created a space that honors the past while serving the present and future.

Turkey's first election ballot box from 1908
The 1908 Constitutional Election ballot box for the first elections in Turkey

The museum, which was previously the İBB Taksim Republic Art Gallery, now provides a unique experience with its extensive collection and exhibitions. Supported by contributions from Osmantan Erkır, the İBB Atatürk Museum in Şişli, the İBB Fire Brigade Museum Cer Collection, and the İBB Atatürk Library City Museum Collection, the Republic Museum is a testament to Istanbul’s rich history.

Celebrating the Republic’s centennial with a series of significant events and projects, the Republic Museum, gifted by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, is open every day except Monday, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Admission fees are 15 TL for discounted tickets, 50 TL for general admission, and 100 TL for tourists.

Visitors are invited to explore the museum and experience the remarkable history and legacy of the Turkish Republic, beautifully showcased in this new cultural venue.

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