Located on the ground of Bilgi University just north of the end of the Golden Horn, this now decommissioned electric generating plant was probably the first in Istanbul and was obviously expanded over time as power needs increased.
A VERY important thing: Even if you write the name and address of this museum on paper and have fair Turkish language skills neither taxi drivers nor most people in the immediate vicinity are likely to have the faintest idea where you want to go! Be CERTAIN to include "Bilgi Universitesi" as taxi drivers and locals will know where you want to go!
Besides the turbines, dynamos (some cut open to display their inner workings) and large control room on the upper floor, you can visit the boilers below. Among the boilers you will find some excellent interactive displays demonstrating some very interesting properties of electricity.
There is a photography museum adjacent but we did not have time to visit.
While not the sort of place I recommend if you have only a short time to tour Istanbul, it is a GREAT place if you want something different and well away from the crowds. Other interesting things to see in the general area (along the eastern shore of the Golden Horn) include Miniaturk and the Koç Museum of Transportation.
There is no entrance fee.
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