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Istanbul-Museum of Innocence

Has anyone visited the Museum of Innocence in Istanbul? It was created by Turkish Nobel prize author Orhan Pamuk concurrently with his novel with the same name "Museum of Innocence". Any tips on finding the museum? Estimated time to visit, things to do nearby, etc. Thanks.
FYI-The novel takes place in Istanbul from about 1970 to 2000 and gives insights into the lives of several families as the city grew much larger and became more modern. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Museum_of_Innocence

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I've read the book (as well as others from Pamuk) and wanted to visit sometime but my last trip was so short that I didn't get to. It's in a neighborhood called Çukurcuma (very close to Beyoglu) which can be quite hilly and a series of winding narrow streets. I think it's in a rowhouse that blends right into the neighborhood.

This may help you find the street since the directions on the museum web site are too general:
http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/Istanbul/Shopping/antiques/cukurcuma.html

As far as things nearby, just wander in Çukurcuma and Beyoglu (there are lots shops all around, including vintage-y and antique shops, small art galleries, and places to eat) and be sure to hit Istiklal Street, which is very straight and heads right to Taksim Square. Also, take the time to go up to the top of the Galata Tower for a spectacular view. Also, not too far away, check out Istanbul Modern if you like modern art.

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Thanks, Agnes;
Seems like finding the Museum of Innocence is a good excuse to explore an interesting part of Istanbul. We'll have 4 days in Istanbul when we're not on the RS Best of Turkey tour so we may have time to check it out! Ginger

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Hi Ginger,
I was in Istanbul (just the city) for over two weeks and still didn't see everything I wanted...there is SO MUCH off the beaten tourist path. Have a great time!