The Istanbul Rahmi M. Koç Museum is located on the north bank of the Golden Horn in the Hasköy district of Istanbul in Beyoğlu. It is located on three separate parts of a total of about 28,000 square meters: Mustafa V. Koç Building / Historic Lengerhane Building, Historic Shipyard, Open Air Exhibition Area. The museum’s collection generally consists of communication and transport objects, which are very fine examples of industrial archaeology.
Mustafa V. Koç Building:
Lengerhane is the first building of the museum. In 1991 the building was bought and restored by the Foundation for Museology and Culture Rahmi M. Koç. After careful restoration, the original building was extended with an underground gallery, and in December 1994 the museum opened its doors to visitors.
This old Ottoman anchor house was founded during the reign of Sultan Ahmet the Third (1703-1730) on the basis of a 12th century Byzantine building and is now considered a historical trace of the second stage. “Lenger” means “anchor and chain”, “Hane” means “house”.
In 2016 the building was renamed after Mustafa V. Koç in a family ceremony.
Historic Hasköy Shipyard:
Due to the lack of space for the presentation of the museum’s collections, the Hasköy shipyard in ruins was purchased in 1996. The shipyard was located in front of the museum on the banks of the Golden Horn. This historic shipyard was founded in 1861 by the Ottoman Sea Line Company (Şirket-i Hayriye) for the maintenance and repair of their ships. 14 destroyed buildings surrounding three sides of the country have been restored while maintaining their original structure. Workbenches made of historic sledges and trains were put under working conditions and opened to visitors in the shipyard section of the museum in 2001.
Open Air Exhibition Area:
This section is reserved for large and durable objects such as submarines, ferries, air planes and impressive floating skis.