Energy Museum (Enerji Müzesi)
Toted as Istanbul’s first industrial archaeology museum, The Energy Museum, located within the Santral Istanbul complex, houses the two engine rooms of the former Silahtarağa Power Station. Ottoman Empire’s first power plant that was closed in 1983, the station was converted into an education, culture and arts complex in 2007.
The engine rooms, built in 1919 and 1921 respectively, are monuments to Turkey’s industrial heritage; while some elements of the exhibit have been restored to reflect historical qualities, much of the space has been preserved in its condition at the time of decommissioning. Visitors can see the turbines that were the sole providers of power to Istanbul through the 1950s.
The museum also includes the Control Room, where the power generation was monitored and then distributed to different districts of the city. The lower level hosts an interactive children’s area, the Energy Play Zone, where youngsters are encouraged to pull levers and generate their own electricity.
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