Museums That You Can Visit with Your Children on National Sovereignty and Children’s Day

National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, which was presented to all the children in the world by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year on April 23. On this special day, you can participate in various activities with your children and visit the most famous museums in Turkey. You can make this special day much more meaningful by visiting museums that bear the traces of the Great Leader Atatürk and are full of history and art. We have made a list of valuable museums that you can visit with your children in Istanbul on April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.

Istanbul Toy Museum

Istanbul Toy Museum, located in Göztepe, Istanbul, was founded by Sunay Akın in 2005. The museum’s collection consists of toys that Sunay Akın bought by traveling to more than 40 countries for a total of 20 years. Additionally, the toys include those dating back to the 1700s. The museum opened its doors to visitors in 2005 on April 23, the day when National Sovereignty and Children’s Day was celebrated. You can also visit the museum, which has toys that will appeal to any age group, on this meaningful day.

Pera Museum

Pera Museum was founded in 2005 by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation. The building where the museum is located dates back to 1893. The museum, which is among the active culture and art venues, brings together the works of world-famous artists with art lovers. Pera Museum hosts three large collections: orientalist paintings, Anatolian weights, and measures and Kütahya tiles and ceramics. At the same time, many national and international events are held in the museum. You can have a very enjoyable time with the activities that are held at Pera Museum on April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.

Rahmi Koç Museum

Rahmi Koç Museum is located in three different places: Istanbul, Ankara and Cunda. Rahmi Koç Museum in Istanbul is on the Golden Horn, on the Hasköy shore. Founded by collector Rahmi Koç, the museum was created by restoring two buildings. Many different works related to transportation, industry and communication are exhibited in the museum. In addition, you can see the Atatürk Collection and thousands of life-sized objects such as ferries, ships, planes, and locomotives in this museum.


Located in Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Miniatürk is also known as Miniature Türkiye Park. Miniatürk, which was opened to visitors in 2003, covers a total area of 60,000 square meters. Here, 137 different architectural works are exhibited in reduced sizes. The works contain ruins from the Ancient Greek, Hittite, Roman, Seljuk, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Republican Periods. At Miniatürk, you can see many works of art together and spend quality time with your children in entertainment areas such as mini stadiums, remote control boats and fairy tale trees.

Istanbul Maritime Museum

Istanbul Maritime Museum is located close to the sea in Beşiktaş. In addition to being the largest in Turkey in the field of maritime, the museum is also very rich in terms of collection diversity. Istanbul Maritime Museum consists of different areas such as the main exhibition building, historical boat gallery, open exhibition areas and cultural sites. There is also the Atatürk Room in the museum and this area attracts great interest from visitors. If your children are interested in maritime, you should certainly visit the Istanbul Maritime Museum. Seeing the works here will be a nice experience for you and your children.

Atatürk Museum Room

Atatürk Museum Room, located in Pera Palace Hotel, is the room where Atatürk stayed during his visit. Room 101 at Pera Palace Hotel was turned into a museum on the 100th anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s birth. Atatürk made some of the most critical decisions for the country in this room and hosted many of his guests in the room. In-room 101, Atatürk’s personal belongings, gifts that are sent to him, newspapers, magazines, and personal books of the period are exhibited. You can visit the room which is bearing the traces of Atatürk by visiting the Pera Palace Hotel between 10.00-11.00 and 15.00-16.00.

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