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“Unusual, Uncrowded, Picturesque and Interesting”

Santral Istanbul Energy Museum
Ranked #234 of 1,159 things to do in Istanbul
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Reviewed 26 April 2015

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.

1  Thank SwampeastMike
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

You can reach at this Museum by shuttle bus departing from Kabataş Ferry or by boat from Üsküdar,Karaköy and Eminönü to Eyüp and then a short walk to the venue.Very interesting to see the amazing and interesting old big power stations of İstanbul.It was very quiet when we were there.Very nice to pay a visit to it.If you book early by email,they also have some special guided tours available.Worth to go there.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Santral museum was nearly empty the day we visited which was great for photos - the old power plant is still in great condition and made for gorgeous haunting photos of the enormous, silent generators. The control room looks like something out of a Mad Max movie, so cool !! We spent an hour taking photos in the power plant, and tried out some of the hands-on electrical exhibits. It's all free. The grounds of the university are very calm and peaceful, with a couple nice cafes. You can take a free shuttle bus to Santral from the bus station at Kabatas. Highly recommended!

1  Thank GlobalCultureTravel
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

This former power plant is now a well maintained energy museum with some interactive exhibits that the kids will love! There's also an on-site cafe serving up surprisingly good food. This is near to the Pierre Loti cafe so a good day out for 2 attractions.

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Reviewed 26 August 2013

This is an old electricity factory if I understood it right. So it is showing how it looked like in one of those old ones. They had some hands-on energy expositions at that time there too - it was very interesting to try them out. And everything was for free.

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