Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence sees influx of visitors

Pamuk’s Museum  of Innocence sees influx of visitors

Turkish author Orhan Pamuk attends the opening of the Museum of Innocence in this April 13 file photo. (PHOTO MEHMET ALİ POYRAZ)

July 30, 2012, Monday/ 17:59:00

Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s Masumiyet Müzesi (Museum of Innocence) has seen a total of 11,000 visitors since late April, when the museum was inaugurated in İstanbul’s Çukurcuma quarter.

Some 2,800 visitors of the museum have been foreigners. Roughly 2,000 visitors used the novel as tickets to enter the museum.

The museum, which took Pamuk around a decade to build, is entirely based on a work of fiction, Pamuk’s bestselling 2008 novel of the same name, which makes it the first of its kind around the world. The three-storey museum offers a tangible experience for the novel’s fans through objects and ephemera related to the characters and events detailed in the book.

Among the items displayed in the museum, which Pamuk calls a little and modest museum of İstanbul’s daily life, are movie tickets, matches, door handles, knick-knacks and photographs.

Those who wish to visit the museum can go to the website, www.masumiyetmuzesi.org, to reserve entrance tickets or buy tickets through My Bilet or from the booths at the entrance of the museum.

The museum can be visited every day except for Monday. It is open between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on other days.

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