Sakip Sabanci Cad. 22
34467 Istanbul, Turkey
tel: +90 212 277 2200
fax: +90 212 229 4914
Tues-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you like jazz, be sure to check out the "Jazz at Breakfast" sessions here on Sundays during summers.
Founded by Sakip Sabanci and managed by the Sakip Sabanci University , this private museum houses an extensive collection of Ottoman paintings, important documents and calligraphic works. It hosts various lectures, workshops and exhibitions from time to time and gained immense popularity with its display of Auguste Rodin and Pablo Picasso's works. The Villa, which is now the museum, was built in 1927 by an Italian architect Edouard De Nari by the commission of Prince Mehmed Ali Hasan of the Hidiv Family. The industrialist Haci Omer Sabanci bought the villa from the Hidiv Family in 1950; and from that time onwards the villa came to be known as the "Atli Kosk" (the Horse Mansion). The name was given as a result of two horse statues installed in its garden -one of which is from the cast of four horses removed from Sultanahmet during the Forth Crusade in 1204. Sakip Sabanci moved into the villa in 1966, following the demise of Haci Omer Sabanci. In 1998, the villa was given over to the Sabanci University together with Sakip Sabanci's private collection and furnishings, to be transformed into a museum. The in-house restaurant , Müzedechanga ,
is popular for dishing out mouthwatering international delicacies. Open on all days except Mondays.