The Ä°stanbul Toy Museum (Turkish: Ä°stanbul Oyuncak MÃ¼zesi) is a toy museum located in the GÃ¶ztepe neighbourhood of KadÄ±kÃ¶y district of Ä°stanbul, Turkey. The museum was founded by the Turkish poet and novelist, Sunay AkÄ±n, in 2005. The museum opened on April 23, a national holiday in Turkey, National Sovereignty and Children”s Day. Currently, the museum has on display 4,000 toys and miniatures, from Turkey and abroad; many of the exhibits are antiques, some of which date back nearly 200 years.
The first floor of the museum is actually the site of the EyÃ¼p Toy Shop, a famous toy shop that had closed down in the 1950s. AkÄ±n has indicated that the word “museum” originates etymologically from the name for the daughters of Zeus, the “muses”; on this basis, he suggests that the aim of the museum is to furnish a visitor with inspiration.