Museum of Illumination and Heating Appliances


Museum of Illumination and Heating Appliances

The Museum of Illumination and Heating Appliances (Turkish: Aydınlatma ve Isıtma Araçları Müzesi) is a small privately-run museum adjacent to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in the Sultanahhmet neighbourhood of Eminönü in Istanbul, Turkey.

Located in a restored 19th century mansion, the museum houses a large collection of antique and archaic heating and lighting appliances, as well as a variety of other Anatolian artifacts. The museum's pamphlet sums up its collection as:

Almost 90 percent of the items presented have been collected in Anatolia, while the remaining are from various parts of the world. Among these are

  • stone lamps (40,000 years old),
  • quick flammable plants (with the spark of two flint stones),
  • oil lamps made of clay (15,000 years old),
  • metal items 9,000 years old,
  • glass 4,5000 years old,
  • the discovery of steam energy,
  • oil lamps from the Seljuk era,
  • a porcelain oil lamp similar to the one at Louvre,
  • cooking stoves,
  • candle sticks from various countries and religions,
  • kerosene lamps,
  • Beykoz oil lamps,
  • coal stoves and irons,
  • Seljuk braziers,
  • Ottoman incense burners,
  • city gas lamps,
  • stoves
  • chandeliers, oil lamps, spirit lamps, acetylene lamps, Byzantine and Roman oil lamps,
  • lanterns from different eras and places, and
  • hundreds of amazing items for illumination and heating.

All are displayed in historical sequence, starting from the discovery of fire one million years ago.

For foreign visitors interested in Ottoman culture and society, the collection of room heaters and similar appliances gives a window into the lifestyle of Istanbul's golden age.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • List of museums and monuments in Istanbul — The list of museums and monuments in Istanbul lists the relevant architectural entities within the city limits of Istanbul. Alphabetical Order *Aeronautics Museum *Anadolu Hisarı (Anatolian Castle) *Arap Mosque (Dominican Church of St. Paul)… …   Wikipedia

  • Museums in Turkey — Following the proclamation of the Republic, Turkish museums developed considerably, mainly due to the importance Atatürk had attached to the research and exhibition of artifacts of Anatolia. When the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed, there were… …   Wikipedia

  • Liste der Baudenkmäler und Museen in Istanbul — Diese Liste der Baudenkmäler und Museen in Istanbul, nimmt die wichtigsten denkmalgeschützten Gebäude und Museen der türkischen Metropole auf. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Baudenkmäler 1.1 Profanbauten 1.2 Sakralbauten …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • interior design — 1. the design and coordination of the decorative elements of the interior of a house, apartment, office, or other structural space, including color schemes, fittings, furnishings, and sometimes architectural features. 2. the art, business, or… …   Universalium

  • Coal gas — Towngas redirects here. For the company in Hong Kong trading as Towngas , see The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited. See also: Coal gasification and Coal seam gas Coal gas (also town gas and illumination gas) is a flammable gaseous… …   Wikipedia

  • Infrared — For other uses, see Infrared (disambiguation). An image of two people in mid infrared ( thermal ) light (false color) …   Wikipedia

  • SABBATH — (Heb. שַׁבָּת; Shabbat; related to the verb shavat, cease, desist, rest ), the seventh day of the week, the day of rest and abstention from work. In the Bible The etiology of the Sabbath is given in Genesis 1:1–2:3, although the name of the day… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Light-emitting diode — LED redirects here. For other uses, see LED (disambiguation). Light emitting diode Red, pure green and blue LEDs of the 5mm diffused type Type Passive, optoelectronic Working principle Electr …   Wikipedia

  • Incandescent light bulb — The incandescent light bulb, incandescent lamp or incandescent light globe is a source of electric light that works by incandescence, (a general term for heat driven light emissions which includes the simple case of black body radiation). An… …   Wikipedia

  • Atlanta metropolitan area — Metro Atlanta redirects here. For the transit agency, see Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Metro Atlanta Atlanta Sandy Springs Marietta, Georgia MSA   CSA   …   Wikipedia