Turkey’s first music museum to
30 April, 2007
Turkey is to open its first music
museum in the summer of 2007, possibly
by the end of June. The long-awaited
project is at present in its final
stages of completion in Istanbul,
capital of Turkey.
According to Bayram Bilge Tokel,
Director-General of Fine Arts of the
Culture and Tourism Ministry, Turkish
music would get the attention it
deserves for its notation and form,
already appreciated by international
music and art authorities.
Turkish musical instruments like the
baglama, kanun and oud have been
introduced as Greek instruments in
Greece. “We are going to put an end to
these arguments by revealing our
musical identity at this museum,”
Bayram Bilge Tokel said.
As a part of preparing for the music
museum project, officials of
Directorate-General of Fine Arts had
visited a number of places such as
Rome, Paris and Bremen.
Turkey’s music museum will feature
instruments, books, magazines, other
publications and audio and video
materials documenting the historical
development of Turkish music.
Pieces collected from Topkapi Palace
(Istanbul), the Mevlana Museum (Konya)
and a number of other Anatolian
museums will also be displayed.
The instructors of the Istanbul
Technical University’s Conservatory
Instrument Making Department has been
entrusted with the maintenance of the
musical instruments in the museum.
Other experts will also contribute to
Thought the music museum has not yet
opened, the University of Vienna has
requested Turkey to send a
representative to a conference on the
world’s music museums, which will be
held in Vienna on August 16, 2007.
Officials of Turkey’s Ministry of
Culture and Tourism expect the music
museum to attract tourists in large
numbers. Special tours will be
organised to the museum, and tour
operators will be advised about
assisting the tourists on these
visits. An information kiosk at
Topkapi Palace will provide tourists
with details of the music museum.
The music museum project, work on
which was resumed in 2006 following
the government’s green signal, is
housed in a storehouse in Uskudar
which had been transferred to the
Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
The museum will periodically host
activities related to art as well as
present concerts which would be open
to the public.
The Directorate-General of Fine Arts
has been, for the last two years,
classifying and publishing a series of
books in all categories of Turkish
music, including classical, folk, sufi,
mehter, symphonic, contemporary and
Though the museum would be the first
one of its kind in Turkey dedicated
exclusively to music and musical
instruments, many countries have more
than one music museum. The United
Kingdom, for instance, has 40 such