Balat Toy Museum

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Istanbul has hosted many civilizations. Therefore, dozens of historical artefacts bearing the traces of many cultures have turned Istanbul into a museum on its own. Istanbul has many tourist attractions. Palaces, mosques, museums, parks, baths, bazaars and many other natural and historical beauties are must-see places for those who want to know and explore Istanbul. Fascinating with its historical artefacts, Istanbul also hosts many museums where you can explore history, art and culture. Museums are the memory of society. Contrary to popular belief, toy museums do not only attract children's attention because toy museums take their visitors on a historical journey. If you are looking for the best places to visit in Istanbul, toy museums with these timeless toys may be the right place for you.

The museum, which is the result of a 50-year-old collection, has an exhibition area where you can find toys from the past to the present. You can enjoy your time with workshops where you can have unique toys for your child and experience old Istanbul in the historical streets of Balat.

Balat Toy Museum brings to light the variety of toys that will be transferred from the past to the present and the future, allowing every age group to find a piece of themselves. There are collections created by collecting from various regions of the world. You can get experience in multiple fields with toys and workshops with limited and specially produced collection value in the Balat Toy Museum.

Spreading over a 1000 m2 closed area and featuring works of different concepts, the museum's lower floor contains:

-Rare toys.

-Unique diecast cars.

-Detailed dolls' houses.

A collection enriched with scenes from popular and classic cartoons.

One of the best things about the Balat Toy Museum is that the museum aims to update its collection constantly. On the upper floor, there are collections adorned with the concept of giant trains and appealing to all age groups. In addition, for the curious, you can look at the dioramas in which the movie scenes of the 80s are reenacted and Turkey's most extensive tin soldier collection. On this occasion, the museum aims to capture and even surpass Balat Toy Museum specimens worldwide.

There is a Museum Cafe in the Balat Toy Museum for those who want to take a break during their visit to the Balat Toy Museum. The Museum Cafe is where you can have a pleasant time with various toys and unique decorations. The museum, free of charge for children ages 0-3, offers special discounts to different groups such as teachers. Balat toy museum is located in Fatih district. You can visit the museum, which is open every day of the week, between 10:00 and 20:00.

Hours & Meeting

Opens Everyday: 10:00AM - 20:00PM

Last entry is at 19:30

How To Get There?

You can use buses 399C, 55T, 44B, 399B, 41Y, 55T, 99A from such directions as Eminonu, Taksim, Gaziosmanpasa and get off at the Ayakapı stop.

You can get off at the Halic stop with the Yenikapi Seyrantepe Haciosman M2 Metro and reach the Balat Toy Museum on a 15-minute walk. 

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Balat Toy Museum Collection

Balat Toy Museum hosts 17 thousand pieces of toys, each more wonderful than the other. The collection of the Balat Toy Museum, which has 17 thousand pieces, is divided into 15 categories.

Here are these collections;

  • Tin Soldier Collection (2300 Pieces)
  • Handmade Dioramas Recreating a Moment or Movie Scene
  • Historical Tin Toys From the 1930s
  • Ship-Airplane models
  • Diecast Car Collection
  • Porcelain, Plastic Doll Collection from the 1940s
  • Lego Collection
  • Cartoon/Animated Movie Characters
  • Dioramas of Horror Movie Scenes
  • Limited Edition Disney Character Statues
  • Guillermo Forchino's Private Sculpture Collection
  • Moving Train and Station Scene at 1:24 Scale
  • 1970s Germany Bonn Town Diorama in 1:87 Scale
  • Motorcycle Models of the Famous Model Brand Tamiya
  • Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi Wing in 1:1 Scale
  • Pedal Children's Vehicles and Scooters by the 1950s

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Why Should I Experience the Balat Toy Museum?

There are collections created by collecting from various regions of the world. You can get experience in multiple fields with toys and workshops with limited and specially produced collection value in the Balat Toy Museum.

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