WAY OUT THERE
The founder of the the Rahmi Mustafa Koc museum is one of the richest people in Turkey and has managed to combine his successful business career with a love of technical heritage. Near to the coast of The Golden Horn in Turkey, the first Rahmi M. Koc Museum (RMK Museum) of traffic and technology was opened in 1994. The opening up of this private museum collection to the public gave Istanbul not only a new arts facility, but also a very special new venue for meetings and events.
The museum studies heritage from the fields of technical culture, the history of science and engineering and also the influence of new technology on man, with an emphasis on Turkish technological heritage. For lovers of technology, the museum offers some extraordinary examples of cars, airplanes, and vessels that are all globally unique and are an important part of world technological heritage. The rich collection of “boys toys” – exceptionally well-preserved vehicles and motorbikes, including the legendary Royal Enfield motorbike – are especially impressive.
MEET IN STYLE
The conference room is equipped with historical articles and movie posters and the hall can hold up to 120 participants. The Erdogan Gönül Gallery is particularly popular with event lovers, but this particular hall is only available on Mondays, when the museum is closed. Usually there are around 40 vehicles in the hall and these can be removed if needed. At 850m2 the conference room is one of the most attractive conference halls in the city, added to by the fact that participants can take a tour of the museum collection and feel the true spirit of the building. Not far from the museum is the Halic Congress Centre, where many international events take place. The Centre offers 21 congress halls and is sometimes used by the museum as special venue for receptions.
In order to really feel the vibe of the birth city of Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, before traveling there be sure to read his novel Istanbul, which is in its own way a cultural history of the bridge between Europe and Asia. A part of the city’s cultural history is also the two historical buildings in which the museum is set: the Lengerhane building was once a factory of shipping chains that was thoroughly renovated and is now known as the main historical building. The Hasköy Dockyard was built in 1862 and a couple of ferries made to serve public transport on the Bosphorus were built right in this dockyard.
The Museum is very easy to find, as it is on the shore of the Golden Horn and close to the main motorways that run through and around Istanbul.
Parking is free of charge and there are also a number of convenient bus routes nearby.