The Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection that Suna and İnan Kıraç began to create in the the 1980s has grown rapidly over the years with the purchase of pieces accumulated by some collectors as well as regular purchases from other sources both in Turkey and abroad, and now it is the most remarkable collection of its type in Turkey.
Today this collection consists of nearly a thousand objects utilized in Anatolia from prehistory to date. These comprise the main types of scales and measuring instruments used for measuring weight, length, and volume in a wide spectrum, extending from land measurement to commerce, from architecture to jewelry making and shipping to pharmacy. Illustrating as it does the relations between measuring systems of different periods and regions, enabling us to follow the various changes and continuities, the collection is a very valuable source of historical and scientific knowledge.
A broad selection focusing on the Islamic periods in Anatolia, but also including examples from other periods so as to show the full picture, is displayed in this gallery arranged in chronological order. Endeavour will be made to show pieces that it has not been possible to exhibit on this occasion at future thematic exhibitions from time to time, shedding light on this exciting aspect of Anatolian cultural history.
Ali Sami is born in Rusçuk in 1866, and moves to İstanbul. Because his family is registered in the Beylerbeyi quarter of Üsküdar, Ali Sami is also called Üsküdarlı Ali Sami. He graduates from the Mühendishane-i Berri-i Hümayun in 1866 and becomes a teacher of painting and photography at the school.
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Sunday 12:00 - 18:00
The museum is closed on Mondays.
On Wednesdays, the students can
visit the museum free of admission.
Full ticket: 80 TL
Discounted: 40 TL
Groups: 60 TL (minimum 10 people)
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