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Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam Entrance Ticket

Discover the marvels of Islamic science and technology from the 9th to 16th centuries at the Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam. Book your tickets now on istanbul.com for an enlightening journey through history's most groundbreaking inventions!


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Explore the Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam, where you can immerse yourself in the remarkable achievements of Islamic scientists from the 9th to 16th centuries. Opened in 2008 under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin, this museum features 12 sections showcasing innovative works in astronomy, medicine, physics, and more. Highlights include al-Jazari's Elephant Clock, intricate astrolabes, and mechanical marvels that reveal the rich scientific heritage of the Islamic world. Buy your tickets now easily on istanbul.com and embark on a fascinating journey through time.
 

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  • Discover the intricate Elephant Clock by al-Jazari in the Entrance Hall.
  • Explore miniatures of significant Islamic observatories and astrolabes in the Astronomy Section.
  • Enjoy seeing sun dials, mechanical clocks, and marine equipment in the Clock and Marine Section.
  • Marvel at models of devices from al-Jazari's “Kitabü’l-Hıyel” in the Physics Section.
  • Learn about historical Islamic warfare innovations in the War Technology Section.
  • Appreciate the advanced medical tools and techniques in the Medicine Section.
  • Uncover the mining technologies used by Islamic civilizations in the Mining Section.
  • Delve into mathematical tools and geometric theories in the Mathematics and Geometry Section.
  • Admire architectural innovations in the Architecture and City Planning Section.
  • Discover advancements in chemical processes and optical devices in the Chemistry and Optics Section.
  • Gain insight into the geographical knowledge of Islamic scholars in the Geography Section.
  • Immerse yourself in the history of Islamic science and technology in the Cinevision Screening Room.

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The Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam, inaugurated in 2008, offers a comprehensive look at the groundbreaking contributions of Islamic scientists from the 9th to 16th centuries. Conceptualized by renowned Islamic science historian Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin, the museum is divided into 12 distinct sections, each highlighting different scientific and technological advancements.

The Elephant Clock

One of the most captivating exhibits is The Elephant Clock, designed by al-Jazari. Known as the pioneer in cybernetics and robotics, al-Jazari created this mechanical masterpiece to celebrate the universality of Islam, which stretched from Spain to Central Asia during his era. The clock, prominently displayed in the Entrance Hall, is a testament to the innovative spirit of the Islamic Golden Age.

Astronomy Section

Astronomy, one of the oldest sciences, is well-represented in the museum. This section features miniatures of significant Islamic observatories, astrolabes, world globes, and various measuring instruments. These exhibits showcase the advanced astronomical knowledge and observational techniques developed by Islamic scholars.

Clocks and Marine Section

The Clocks and Marine Section is dedicated to timekeeping and nautical innovations. Visitors can admire sundials that use shadows to tell time, intricate mechanical clocks by al-Jazari and al-Biruni, and the renowned Taqi al-Din's clocks from the Ottoman period. The section also includes marine equipment such as the Andalusian candle clock with twelve doors and various other nautical tools.

War Technology

In this section, the museum highlights the advancements in war technology developed by Islamic scientists. This includes various weapons, defensive mechanisms, and strategies that played crucial roles in historical battles and the protection of Islamic territories.

Medicine Section

The Medicine Section showcases the contributions of Islamic physicians and scholars to the field of medicine. Exhibits include medical tools, manuscripts, and models that demonstrate the sophisticated medical knowledge and practices of the time.

Mining Section

The Mining Section delves into the methods and technologies used in mining during the Islamic Golden Age. It features tools and techniques for extracting and processing various minerals and metals, reflecting the advanced understanding of geology and metallurgy.

Physics Section

The Physics Section features scale models of devices described in al-Jazari's book "Kitabü’l-Hıyel." Notable exhibits include al-Biruni's pycnometer, which measures specific gravity, and various mechanical devices such as the helical pump, six-piston pump, and the perpetuum mobile. The section also displays innovative mechanisms like the door bolt with four bolts, scissors-shaped elevator, and block and tackle pulley system.

Mathematics and Geometry

This section celebrates the contributions of Islamic mathematicians and geometers. Visitors can explore mathematical manuscripts, geometric models, and instruments used for calculations and measurements.

Architecture and City Planning

The Architecture and City Planning Section highlights the architectural brilliance and urban planning innovations of the Islamic world. It includes models of iconic structures, city layouts, and architectural tools.

Chemistry and Optics

In the Chemistry and Optics Section, visitors can learn about the chemical processes and optical theories developed by Islamic scientists. Exhibits include laboratory equipment, chemical manuscripts, and optical devices.

Geography

The Geography Section features maps, globes, and navigational instruments that illustrate the advanced geographical knowledge and exploration techniques of Islamic scholars.

Cinevision Screening Room

The Cinevision Screening Room offers an immersive audiovisual experience, presenting documentaries and films about the history of Islamic science and technology, further enriching the visitor's understanding of the exhibits.

Visit the Museum

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Islamic science and technology at this fascinating museum. To explore these incredible achievements firsthand, purchase your tickets on istanbul.com and enjoy a journey through one of the most innovative periods in history.


Frequently Asked Question

What is the Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam?
The museum showcases the scientific and technological achievements of Islamic scholars from the 9th to 16th centuries, featuring exhibits on astronomy, physics, medicine, and more.
When was the museum opened?
The museum was opened in 2008, guided by the renowned Islamic science historian Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin.
What are the main highlights of the museum?
Highlights include the Elephant Clock by al-Jazari, miniatures of Islamic observatories, astrolabes, sun dials, mechanical clocks, medical tools, mining technologies, and more.
How many sections are there in the museum?
The museum consists of 12 sections, each dedicated to different fields of science and technology.
What can I see in the Astronomy Section?
In the Astronomy Section, you can see miniatures of significant Islamic observatories, astrolabes, world globes, and measuring instruments.
What is unique about the Elephant Clock?
The Elephant Clock, designed by al-Jazari, is an intricate medieval Islamic engineering marvel that symbolizes the universality of Islam.
Are there any exhibits related to war technology?
Yes, the War Technology Section showcases various innovations in historical Islamic warfare.
What medical advancements are displayed in the museum?
The Medicine Section features advanced medical tools and techniques pioneered by Islamic scholars during the Islamic Golden Age.
Can I learn about Islamic contributions to mathematics and geometry?
Yes, the Mathematics and Geometry Section highlights significant mathematical tools and geometric theories developed by Islamic mathematicians.
Does the museum include any architectural exhibits?
The Architecture and City Planning Section displays innovative architectural designs and city planning techniques from the Islamic period.
Are there any interactive or immersive experiences in the museum?
Yes, the Cinevision Screening Room offers immersive screenings on the history of Islamic science and technology.
Is the museum suitable for children?
Yes, the museum is educational and suitable for visitors of all ages, including children.

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12 January 2022
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2 Adult(s), 1 Child
Turkish
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