Fountain of Ahmed III Overview
The Istanbul Postal Museum (Turkish: PTT İstanbul Müzesi] offers a detailed look at the history of the postal service and communication advancements in Turkey. Located near the New Mosque and the Spice Bazaar, the PTT Museum is a nice place to spend an hour if you’re interested in more recent Turkish history.
The Turkish postal service began in 1840. At the time, mail was transported via camels and horses, ridden by the Postman Tatar. In the postal section of the museum, you’ll find various postal bags, mailboxes, old postal routes, and stamping machines. You can also see hand drawn sketches and stamp series for
the years 1919-1921.
In the telegram area of the museum, there are diverse historical telegraphs, electromechanical, and electronic teletype devices, all of which facilitated the transition to modern telegraphy.
Morse code devices with knobs, levers, gauges, bolts, and cranks give you an idea of just how complex it was to send a telegram. The first telegraph in Turkey was sent during the Crimean War on September 9th, 1855 between Shumen, Bulgaria (then part of the Ottoman Empire] to Edirne. It read, “Allied troops entered Sevastopol”.
There’s an interesting and extensive collection of telephones dating from 1900 onwards. Well-maintained weapons of postal Tatars, printing telegraphs, and scales are all on display. From a back room, you can peek into the current post office, which serves as a reminder of how much progress has been made in the past 150 years.
Monday – Friday 09:00 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 16:00
Closed Saturdays and Sundays
Note: You will need to leave a piece of identification at the front desk.