Museums: They're where you go when a friend comes to town for the first time. Or when you find yourself with an empty Sunday afternoon. Or when your favorite artist has an exhibition. Chances are you check out the same few over and over. But have you ever tried getting a bit quirky when it comes to museums? If not, now is your chance. We've chosen four off-the-beaten-path museums to visit this month so you can try a new one each week — and to be honest, the last one may be a bit too delicious. We're not saying you shouldn't go. Just try not to eat it.

Istanbul Toy Museum

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If you've ever suspected the toys were up to something, we wouldn’t call you crazy. And no, it's not only because of Woody and Buzz Lightyear’s adventures. Istanbul Toy Museum, founded by Turkish poet and author Sunay Akın, will transport you back to childhood within seconds thanks to 4,000-plus toys from all over the world. You’ll find everything from a 19th-century French toy violin to German boats and even figures of Luke and Leia. If you’re an emotional being, may the toy be with you.

Where: Ömer Paşa Cd., Dr. Zeki Zeren Sk. No: 17, Göztepe

When: Tues.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
More info: 
+90 216 359 45 50;


Museum of Energy

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You’ve got the power! We mean it. The Museum of Energy, the city’s first industrial archaeological museum, is home to the first two engine rooms of the Ottoman-era Silahtarağa Power Plant and is waiting for you to claim it. This museum doesn't only let you look at machines like turbine generators and the control room  it also gives you the chance to play with the energy on the ground floor in the interactive Energy Play Zone. Do whatever you want, but try not to turn yourself into a battery. That’s a Matrix thing.

Where: Emniyettepe Mh., Kazım Karabekir Cd. No: 2, Eyüp

When: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
More info: 
+90 212 311 78 78;


Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum

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The nostalgia of the 1950s and '60s lives only in movies now, from neon panels and jukeboxes to malt shops and 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertibles  unless you’re at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum. The passion project of businessman and avid car collector Ural Ataman, this museum showcases motor vehicles made between the 1920s and the 1980s. To add to the vintage ambience, cool neon ads and old-school games are scattered throughout. Stop in and don't miss the teal 1951 Studebaker coupe, the frog-eyed 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite MK1 and the 1947 Ford fire truck.

Where: Ferahevler Mh.,
Nuri Paşa Cd. No: 107, Tarabya
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
More info: 
+90 212 299 45 39; Facebook


Chocolate Museum

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You’d better not eat Galata Tower, take a bite from an ancient Greek temple or nip at Pablo Picasso. We know it’s hard to resist, as they are constructed entirely from chocolate at Pelit Chocolate Museum  but do your best to keep it together. In Turkey's first chocolate museum you’ll pass through several themed halls, such as Istanbul, Turkish leaders and civilizations. Each one of them is art, and each one of them is delicious. There's even a life-size chocolate house. No bites.

Where: Koza Mh. 1678 Sk. No: 19, Esenyurt

When: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
More info: 
+90 212 411 13 00;

By Onur Varol

One of those kids, with a twist. He reads, he sees, he listens; he writes about what he reads, sees and listens. Longtime secret savvy, now a complete Savoteur.