Istanbul Airport has opened a new airport museum available to all international passengers.
A growing number of international gateway airports around the world, such as San Francisco, Amsterdam & Paris, have become annexes to their national and local arts & culture museums, showcasing their national heritage to air passengers. Now Istanbul Airport joins their ranks.
The Istanbul Airport Museum is launching with the “Treasures of Turkey: Faces of the Throne” exhibition.
Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of İGA Airport Operation Inc, says: “We want to turn the time spent at the airport into an unique experience. Our aim is to turn our passengers attention on art and culture.”
The museum also offers introductory information on 18 places in Turkey listed as World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
The “Treasures of Turkey: Faces of the Throne” exhibition is displaying 316 different pieces from 29 Turkish museums. The exhibition is a collection that consists of several fascinating artefacts such as the “Kadesh Treaty”, the first peace treaty known in the history of humanity. The exhibition comprises pieces of the prehistoric Göbeklitepe and Çatalhöyük eras, along with historic artefacts belonging to Anatolian civilizations and the many other periods.
“With this museum, we have been able to gather some original artifacts under a single roof, which would otherwise be impossible to set eyes on at a single time”, says Kadri Samsunlu.
The museum is open between 09:00 a.m. – 09:00 p.m. every day, admission is 5 Euro, the museum offers free admission to visitors under 8 years.