Yasin Yıldız, director of the National Palaces Office, said space has been set aside to display more objects now that the palace kitchen has been restored. The kitchen has been designated a new museum and named the Palace Collections Museum.
Yıldız said about 70,000 objects are not on display because there is no space but that the new museum, planned to be opened this month at a ceremony to be attended by Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Şahin, will partially fill the gap.
“We tried to include many objects that had been locked in depots and boxes,” Yıldız was quoted by the Anatolia news agency as saying.
He also added that depots within the museum building will be open to visitors.
“We will put on display an inkstand. There are in fact several of them. We can show visitors how they are stored and taken care of,” he said.
This is the first time these items, which had been used in daily palace life, will be displayed together.
“We attach great importance to this museum because many people wonder how daily life was in the palace. People will find the answers here. There are clues to such questions as how a child was raised and what people’s eating habits were like in the palace. Palaces are both houses and places of administration. Items describing all this had previously been stored away in our depots, but they are now available for public view,” he said. A section of the museum labeled “Being a Child in the Palace” will include items such as toys and children’s wear. A section for embroidery will include several embroidered tablecloths and prayer rugs. Another section on industrial devices will show moving picture cameras, stoves, iceboxes and agricultural devices.
The items in the museum belong to the periods of Sultan Mahmud II, Sultan Abdülmecid I, Sultan Abdülaziz I, Sultan Murad V, Sultan Abdülhamid II, Sultan Mehmed Reşad V, Sultan Mehmed Vahideddin VI and Caliph Abdülmecid II.
It will be also possible to see the drawing boards, paint and paintings -- including uncompleted ones -- of Caliph Abdülmecid II, who was a painter.
Yıldız said there will also be items bought and used by the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and his successor, President İsmet İnönü, when they stayed in the palace. The museum will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Mondays and Thursdays.