Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Harbiye, Şişli - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°02'52.1"N 28°59'15.2"E / 41.047819, 28.987554


Constituonal Period Hall
At display, there is the official car in which the Military Minister and Grand Vizier Mahmut Şevket Pasha, one of the important actors of the Second Constitutional Monarchy period was waylaid and martyred on June 11, 1913 when leaving the Ministry of Naval Affairs. Additionally, arms and items presented to the person of Sultan Abdülhamit II and uniforms, arms and equipment belonging to famous people of the period such as Hüseyin Avni Pasha Army Commander, Ghazi Ahmet Muhtar Pasha and Tevfik Sağlam are also displayed in this hall.

World War I Hall
In addition to examples such as various arms, banners, victory ribbons, medals and decorations used in the First World War Period, private apparel, uniforms and arms of people such as Enver Pasha who played important roles in the First World War are displayed. For detailed information on the First World War the touch-screen computer in this hall can be used.

Hall of the Battles of Dardanelles
In the Hall of the Battles of Dardanelles various findings collected from the battlefields and the uniform belonging to the Commander of the Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Hüseyin Avni Bey who was martyred in the Dardanelles Battle along with his whole regiment are displayed. Additionally, the helmets, accessories, equipage, flags, ensigns, arms, medal and decorations belonging to Turkish, English and ANZAK forces are displayed in this hall. The Diorama Hall where Battles of Dardanelles are portrayed by projection and by panoramic model is one of the absorbing sections of our museum.

War of Independence Hall
Private collections of Kâzım Karabekir, Ali Fuat Cebesoy, Refet Bele, Asım Gündüz, Şükrü Naili Gökberk, Ömer Halis Bıyıktay, Commanders of the War of Independence and items seized from the headquarters of Trikopis, captive Commander-in-Chief of the Greek Army are displayed.

The collection belonging to Demirci Mehmet Efe, one of the important militia of the War of Independence who launched the first resistance against Greeks in the Aegean and the model composition portraying Mustafa Kemal Atatürk issuing the command  "Armies, your first goal is the Mediterranean... Forward!" on the ridges of Eşme are worth seeing.

Korea And Cyprus Hall
This hall is dedicated to the Korean War (1950-1953) and the Cyprus Peace Operation (1974).  Uniforms belonging to Korea Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Tahsin Yazıcı, Regiment Commanders, Martyr Colonels Nuri Pamir and Celal Dora, starboards, medals and decorations are displayed in the Korean Section. Objects belonging to commanders taking part in the Cyprus Peace Operation and arms and uniforms acquired during the operation are exhibited in the Cyprus Section.

Etnography Hall
In this hall composed principally of silver, glass and porcelain items, non-military collections of the Military Museum are exhibited. The finesse of handcrafts can be observed with pleasure in these works such as fabrics, bibelots, accessories, sugar bowls, censers, cup sets, serving sets, serving trays, candelabra, clocks, and enam bowls that are a part of our daily lives.

Chiefs of General Staff Hall
This is a hall where uniforms, arms and some personal items belonging to all our Commanders of the Armed Forces who served since the founding of the Young Republic of Turkey and the plates and objects presented to them during their service are displayed.

Kenan Evren Hall
This hall was composed of the works presented to our museum by Kenan Evren (1982-1989), the 7th President of the Republic of Turkey. Items presented to Kenan Evren during both his term as the Army Commander and Commander of the Armed Forces and during his term as the President by domestic and foreign persons, organizations and statesmen are displayed in this hall.

Atatürk Hall
The Harbiye building, currently used as the Military Museum and Cultural Complex was built in 1841 in order to educate officers for the Ottoman Army. In this school which continued its function also after the founding of the Republic of Turkey many officers and commanders were educated for a period of nearly 100 years. Among these, the most important, beyond question, is the founder of the Republic of Turkey and the Great Statesman Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Thus,  Atatürk holds a very prominent place in the Military Museum. In this hall reserved for Atatürk; Atatürk's photographs, personal items, medals and decorations, objects presented to him and models of the 'Anıtkabir', his mausoleum, the Erzurum Congress Building, the Sivas Congress Building, the First Building of the Grand National Assembly, the Şişli Ataturk House and the house in Salonika where Atatürk was born are displayed.

Tents Gallery
The tent, which had an important place in the life of the Turkish Nations since the early period of history was also used during the Ottomans era and has developed throughout centuries maintaining its significance.The pole, or poles forming the backbone of the tent are made of wood and tent emblems symbolizing sovereignty are placed in the external sections.

The Ottomans made use of tents in wars; in the state administration units of the palace organization and in recreation and entertainment locations in daily life as well as for the needs of the judicial system and health requirements. The shape, size, material and decoration of tents varies by the social degrees of the owners.

Ottoman tents are grouped on the basis of their support systems. 'Sayebans' comprise a group as sunshades. The 'Otağı Humayun' , the Imperial Pavilion on the other hand, forms a separate and distinct group both in terms of its dimensions and decorations and in terms of its function. The finesse of the Ottoman adornment arts can be observed in the  'sayebans', single-pole tents, double-pole tents, tent sections, tent poles and finial ensigns displayed in the Military Museum 's  Tents Hall.

Selim III Stand (1789-1807)
The Selim III Stand exhibiting models of Selim III, among the Sultans of Ottoman and palace officials representing the then the apparel and accessories as real-like as possible is one of the lively stands of our museum.

"Armenian Problem with Documents" Hall
In the Documented Armenian Question Hall; the intent was to surface the truths behind the baseless Armenian claims by exhibiting the original documents and photographs related to the 'Tehcir' (Mandatory Relocation) Act which was passed in the year 1915 covering the war period.

Official reports related to the massacre the Armenians committed in Anatolia and the photographs of the innocent Turkish peoples, official correspondence evidencing the existence of Armenian citizens serving in the Ottoman Army even during the war, the Council of Minister's Decision related with the implementation of the Tehcir Act, the list showing the distribution of Armenian citizens by cities subjected to mandatory relocation and the bloody shirt of Grand Vizier Talat Pasha who was martyred in Berlin in the year 1921 are objects worth noting and considering.

Translations into Turkish and English of the original documents in Ottoman Turkish, displayed in the hall are also made available for the visitor on the on platforms in the same hall.

Firmans-Decrees And Manuscripts Hall
In the Firmans-Decrees And Manuscripts Hall, manuscripts, imperial orders and warrants from 15th to 20th centuries are exhibited.


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