European Museum of the Year Award 2014 goes to…
the Museum of Innocence
In only two years the Museum of Innocence attracted 70.000 visitors and won
the European Museum of the Year Award for 2014.
This small Turkish museum placed in Istanbul showcases a private collection of
objects from day-to-day life in Istanbul in the ’60s and ’70s and a vision of a passionate
individual – it is set up by turkish writer Orhan Pamuk.
You might have never heard of the Museum itself, but I’m sure you’re very familiar with
the name of its founder – Orhan Pamuk. Mr Pamuk is a Turkish novelist and a recipient
of the Nobel prize in literature. He is also the country’s best-selling writer whose books
are translated in 60 languages. Orhan Pamuk‘s novels include The white castle, Snow,
My name is red and The Museum of Innocence, just to name a few.
The Museum of Innocence (depicted in his 2008 novel of the same name) is housed
in an old building in the Cukurcuma neighborhood in Istanbul and it displays real and
fabricated artifacts in homage both to the novel and to Pamuk’s beloved native city.
Pamuk started to collect the objects before he wrote the novel and he continued to
collect them while writing The Museum of Innocence – he conceived the novel and
the museum together. As much as this fact might be of a disappointment (for hopeless
romantics at least), the museum is definitely worth visiting.
..The Museum of Innocence ..Orhan Pamuk