Dolmabahçe’s secret art space: National Palaces Painting Museum


The Crown Prince’s Office, which forms a part of the Dolmabahçe Palace, is a symbol of the free life of the princes after the Tanzimat period. This part of the palace can be visited independently of the Dolmabahçe Palace. So you can enter here in two different ways. Either from the main entrance gate of Dolmabahçe or the gate on Dolmabahçe Caddesi that I just mentioned. Although I had the chance to explore Dolmabahçe Palace more than once before, I always missed this part of the palace for some reason. I realized this when I discovered that it was a big shortcoming.

The Crown Office has been known for years as the Museum of Painting and Sculpture. It was opened with the participation of the President in January 2021, with the National Palaces taking over this place for their own collection. There are 34 halls and 553 works on display in an area of ​​11 thousand square meters. The collection grew with the inclusion of paintings kept in Topkapı Palace warehouses in the inventory.

Embracing the uniqueness of being the sole representative of palace painting, the collection includes Konstantin Kapıdağlı, Rupen Manas, Stanislaw Chlebowski, Fausto Zonaro, Ivan Konstantinovic Aivazovsky,

It houses the works of painters such as Pierre Desire Guillemet, Eugene Fromentin, Stefano Ussi, Felix-Auguste Clement, Şeker Ahmed Pasha, Osman Hamdi Bey, Şevket Dağ and Abdülmecid Efendi.

Consisting of two floors, the building has a large backyard, a front garden with Bosphorus view, a cafe, a museum shop and a tea room.


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