Frequently Asked Questions

Information from the 400 Years Old Historical Peninsula

Who made this project?

This project was created by @ModelportTurkiye. In addition to the Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition, Modelport has other projects as well. If you would like to explore their projects, you can visit their website: https://modelport.com/en/

How long did it take to complete this project?

The construction of the Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition took 5 years.

How many people worked on this project?

The Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition project was realized with the efforts of a team consisting of 30 individuals, including model makers, architectural software users, programmers, and electronic technicians.

How do the objects in the model move?

The objects in the model move using specially developed systems that operate on a wireless infrastructure. For detailed information about the exhibition, you can visit https://modelport.com/en/technology/

What is the size of the model?

The model occupies an area of approximately 100 m2.

Which period of the Ottoman Empire do these models belong to?

The Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition covers a period of 400 years from the 16th century to the 19th century of the Ottoman Empire.

Is this a permanent exhibition?

The Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition is not a permanent exhibition. It will be traveling abroad in the coming years. We recommend visiting while it is still in Istanbul.

How was the historical research conducted? Is there a consultant involved?

We conducted extensive research on historical sources to prepare the Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition.

What makes these models special and sets them apart from others?

There is no other moving model of this size in Turkey. There are only 3 similar models in the world. It covers an area of approximately 100 square meters. Each 30 square centimeters tells a different story.

Can we visit the exhibition with children?

You can definitely visit the Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition with your children. Our exhibition is open to visitors of all ages.

What are the visiting hours for the exhibition?

You can visit the Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition from 10:30 to 18:30 every day of the week.

How much is the entrance fee?

To see entrance fees and to buy online tickets please visit: https://www.passo.com.tr/en/event-group/miniaturk-istanbul-muze-kombine-biletleri/513613

Are there any special discounts or group advantages offered for student groups or tour organizations attending the exhibition?

We do not have group discounts available.

Do we need to make a reservation before visiting the exhibition?

You do not need to make a reservation to visit the Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition. You can either purchase your entry ticket online in advance or directly at the exhibition when you arrive.

How can we come the exhibition?

The Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition is located within Miniatürk. For transportation information to Miniatürk, please click here: https://www.miniaturk.com.tr/en/ulasim.html

Is there a parking lot available? Can we come by car?

Yes, you can certainly come with your own vehicle. There is a parking lot within Miniatürk that can accommodate up to 300 cars.

Is the exhibition visited with a guide?

Our exhibition does not require guided tours; however, we have visitor guides available to answer any questions you may have during your visit.

At what scale was the exhibition built and what materials were used?

The Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition was prepared in a scale of 1/87. Hundreds of sources were examined for the Historical Peninsula region of Istanbul, and architectural drawings were created from scratch for each model piece. The models, which were printed using 3D printing machines and hand-painted individually, were then animated using electronic circuits and stepper motors. The construction of this exhibition involved extensive teamwork and the combined effort of numerous modelers, architectural software users, programmers, and electronic technicians, totaling thousands of hours.

Which locations' models are included in the exhibition?

In our exhibition, you can see models of several important structures such as the Sultanahmet Mosque and Madrasa, Hagia Sophia Mosque and Madrasa, Hippodrome, Ibrahim Pasha Palace, Sultanahmet Tombs, Hunkar Kasri, Bagdat Pavilion, Mecidiye Pavilion, Fatih Pavilion, Has Bahce, Iftariye Kameriye, Elephant Garden, Imperial Mint, Museum of Oriental Antiquities, Istanbul Archaeology Museums, Harem Hospital, Has Ahirlar, Besir Aga Mosque, Sogukcesme Street, Hurrem Sultan Hamam, Church of Saint Irene, tombs, the Fountain of Sultan Ahmed III, and the Chamber of Petitions.

How were the figures painted and how many of them were used?

The Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition contains 10,000 figures, and we painted each of them individually.

How were the details and quality of the models ensured?

For the Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition, we conducted extensive research using hundreds of sources and created architectural drawings from scratch for each model piece. The models were printed using 3D printing machines and then meticulously hand-painted. Subsequently, electronic circuits and stepper motors were used to bring them to life.

Who is this exhibition aimed at?

The Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition is suitable for families who want to have a good time together, individuals who are interested in learning about the history of Istanbul, and those who have an interest in exhibitions, history, architecture, and model making.

How long does it take to visit the exhibition?

The Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition can be visited in about 30 minutes on average, but you can also take more than an hour to explore it, using the information panels and interactive screens.

Is it allowed to take photos or record videos in the exhibition area?

You are welcome to take photos and videos freely at the Istanbul Historical Peninsula Model Exhibition. We would be delighted if you could tag our account @TarihiYarimadaModelSergisi when sharing your photos. However, if you plan to do professional shooting, please make sure to obtain prior permission.

Where is the exhibition?

Our exhibition is located inside a climate-controlled and enclosed exhibition hall of 500m2 at Istanbul Miniatürk. It is open every day until the end of 2025, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information, location, and ticket prices, you can visit www.modelport.com. We look forward to welcoming you to our exhibition.