The private museum of the industrial magnate Vehbi Koç , built in memory of his wife, is housed in a wooden villa on the Bosphorus shore (Yalı) in the Sarıyer district.
The exhibition consists of a wide-ranging collection of impressive antiquities and ceramics, including archaeological finds dating from 6000 BC, Ottoman handicrafts, which reflect a sense of upscale lifestyle, and an interesting ethnographic section.
The Sadberk Hanım Museum occupies two separate buildings. The main building was built in the 19th century. It is a three-storey building whose style is based on the traditional architecture of that time. The house was purchased by the Koç family in 1950 and used as a private summer house until its conversion into a museum. After two years of restoration, it opened its doors to the public for the first time on October 14, 1980. As you enter, you will be delighted by a view of enchanting stucco reminiscent of Roman architecture, wooden staircases and walls, which are painted to resemble veined marble. The centrally located main halls of the first and second floors as well as the adjoining rooms, which can be reached from the hall, are used as exhibition rooms. In addition to offices, there is also a library in the attic. The museum was expanded a few years later. In addition to the main building, another wooden villa was restored, which probably dates from the early 20th century. The project took two years to complete. In this building, the main focus is on pre-Islamic archaeological works, which are exhibited in chronological order. Due to the modern museum management, it was also awarded the “Europa Nostra” prize in 1988. The modern museum ambience speaks for itself.