Museum of the Princes’ Islands, located in Buyukada of the Adalar district, continues to be interesting for travel lovers. More than 50 thousand visitors have come to the museum, which was opened in Buyukada (Prinkipo) Island in 2010 with the joint initiative of the Islands Foundation and Adalar Municipality, as part of the European Capital of Culture project.
The museum reveals the centuries-old story of the islanders: photographs of the islanders, 8 mm films, written documents… With this museum, the memory of the islands is revealed. The museum has more than 20 thousand archives on the daily lives of the inhabitants of the island. In the museum, it is possible to find documents belonging to poets and writers who lived on the islands.
This museum, which is the first contemporary city museum of Istanbul and the only museum that tells about the Princes’ Islands, is not known enough by the islanders. Museum Director Cetin Kebabci complains about the indifference of the people of the island and adds: “Tourists come to the island mostly for swimming and sightseeing, visiting the museum does not attract their attention.”
The gap in the number of domestic and foreign tourists coming to the island also draws attention. According to the statistics obtained from the museum, the number of domestic tourists between 2010 and 2016 constitutes 90 percent of the general total; Foreign tourists make up only 10 percent of them.
Where is Museum of the Princes’ Islands
The address of the Museum of the Princes’ Islands is Büyükada Maden Mahallesi, Yılmaz Turk Sokak, Aya Nikola Mevkii, Buyukada, 34970 Adalar/Istanbul. Phone number (0216) 382 64 30. It is open between 09:30 and 17:30.