The Museum

About The Museum

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum is located in Emirgan, one of the oldest settlements of the Bosphorus, in Istanbul.

The mansion, which is the main building of the museum, was commissioned by the Egyptian Khedive Prince Mehmed Ali Hasan to the Italian architect Edoardo De Nari in 1925. Its architectural construction was completed in 1927 and used as a summer residence for many years by various members of the Khedive family.

The mansion, which was purchased from the Hidiv family by the industrialist Hacı Ömer Sabancı from Adana in 1951, became known as the 'Equestrian Mansion' due to the 1864 horse sculpture of the French sculptor Louis Doumas, which was purchased and installed in front of it the same year. The second horse statue in the land of the Atlı Köşk is the cast of one of the four horses taken from Istanbul Sultanahmet square, which was looted by the Crusaders during the 4th Crusade in 1204, and placed in front of the Venetian San Marco church.

After the death of Hacı Ömer Sabancı in 1966, the Atlı Köşk, which was used as a permanent residence by Sakıp Sabancı, the elder of the family, has hosted Sakıp Sabancı's rich calligraphy and painting collection for many years, and in 1998, the Sabancı family was to be converted into a museum with the collections and items in it. Donated to Sabancı University.

Opened to visitors in 2002 with the addition of a modern gallery, the exhibition areas of the Museum were expanded with the arrangement in 2005 and reached international standards at the technical level. Today, Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum offers a versatile museum environment with its rich collection, comprehensive temporary exhibitions it accepts, conservation units, exemplary educational programs, various concerts, conferences and seminars.



In our physical and digital venues, we offer OPEN TO ALL, MULTI-SOUND, BEYOND BORDERS and BEYOND DISCIPLINES.

It believes in the multiplying power of interaction between individuals and cultures; We create areas of continuous interaction between GLOBAL, REGIONAL and LOCAL CULTURE AND ART HERITAGE.

It cares about preserving, researching, developing and interpreting our collections and the INTEGRATED ART HERITAGE OF OUR COUNTRY; We create COMMON VALUE together with all our stakeholders in our CURRENT EXHIBITIONS and events.

Acting in unity with Sabancı University in the fields of RESEARCH, EDUCATION and TECHNOLOGY, we offer INNOVATIVE and CREATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCES for everyone.


In addition to SSM's collections and temporary exhibitions, you are invited to explore the garden, offering a panoramic Bosphorus vista. Here, an array of stone works, including sculptures, fountains, and columns, as well as contemporary art installations, is on display. Furthermore, you can discover the SSM Store, where you can browse an exquisite selection of design products inspired by art.

The SSM Garden

Embrace the serenity of nature in our museum garden, a breathtaking haven along the Bosphorus boasting 115 varieties of plants.

The SSM Gift Shop

The SSM Gift Shop showcases a selection of internationally acclaimed products and services crafted to help you cherish and remember your cultural and artistic experiences.