The Şehir Museum contains a collection of objects reflecting the lifestlye of the citizens of Istanbul during the Ottoman period. It was opened to visitors on two storeyed section of the Yıldız Palace. The collection was originally displayed in the Municipality Library in the Beyazit district of Istanbul. In 1945, it was later moved to the Gazanfer Ağa Complex for a period of time in the “Municipality Museum.”
Since 1988 it has remained opened within the Fine Arts Hall of theYıldız Palace under the name “Şehir Museum.” It makes available a collection including calligraphy panels, fabric, different glass works, utensils, coffee sets, seals, binding forms, scales, balances and weights, and ceramic pieces to its visitors pieces.
There are several artists whose works are now displayed, such as those by Henri Malla, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Sami Boyar, İbrahim Çallı, Ferruh Başağa, and Zeki Kocamemi. In the calligraphy collection of the Museum, there are calligraphy works belonging to Sultan Abdülmecid, Mehmed Raşid, Mustafa İzzet, Mahmud Celaleddin, Hamit Aytaç, and İsmail Hakkı Altunbezer.
Translated by Mr. Irfan KOKSAL