The Tanzimat Museum(Tanzimat means the Period of Reforms) was first opened to the public in the Ihlamur Summer Mansion in 1952. In 1969, the museum’s collection was exhibited there until it was moved to the another location called “the Çadır Mansion,” in Yıldız Park. After the mansion was left for usage of the Touring and Automobile Club of Turkey (TURING), the historical collection of the museum was moved to the new museum building, which is situated in Gülhane Park in 1983 and it is still exhibiting in this museum.
On exhibit in the museum are the Tanzimat Firman (1839), one of the most significant documents in paving the way to the westernization of the Ottoman Empire, signed pictures of leading statesmen of the day, and engravings and paintings. Moreover, personal objects which belonged to Mustafa Reşid Paşa, Sadık Muhtar Bey, and Ziya Paşa, all leading statesmen during the Tanzimat reform movement, are on display in the museum.
Translated by Mr. Irfan KOKSAL