İstanbul Museum of the History of Science & Technology in Islam

İstanbul Museum of the History of Science & Technology in Islam information

Location
Istanbul , Turkey
Address
Has Ahırlar Binaları
Gülhane Park
Telephone
+90 212 528 8065
Getting there
Tram: Gülhane
More information
www.ibttm.org
Prices
adult/child under 12yr ₺10/free
Opening hours
9am-6.30pm Wed-Mon mid-Apr–Oct, to 4.30pm Nov–mid-Apr, last entry 30min before closing
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Of interest to science buffs, the didactic exhibition in this museum argues that Islamic advances in science and technology preceded and greatly influenced those in Europe. Most of the exhibits are reconstructions of historical instruments and tools used by astronomers, seafarers and others.

The physics room has some of the best contraptions, including a steam-powered turn-spit, built from notes left by a 16th-century Ottoman scholar, and an 11th-century entertainment machine, which operates a scene of moving figures using water power. Also look out for the models of trebuchet counterweight catapults in the military room, and those of İstanbul's great mosques.