The Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum has opened to the public in Ankara. The museum, located in the Han distric, is the first and only industrial museum in the city. After a 14 month restoration process the Çengelhan, which played an important role in Vehbi Koçs business career, opened to the public on 20th April 2005.
The New York Times / Judith Yarnall
With the infusion of private capital represented by the opening in April of the Rahmi M. Koç Museum in the beautifully restored Çengelhan, a merchants' inn across the square from the citadel's main gate that dates from the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, the renovation of the district may well have reached critical mass. Abandoned in the late 1990's after stints as a warehouse and tannery, the Çengelhan is once again a handsome public building. Named after its businessman-founder, the Koç Museum - $2.30 admission at 1.3 new lire to the dollar; (90-312) 309 6800 - houses a collection of implements and toys connected with transportation and communications. Here, you can marvel at miniature Victorian steam locomotives or a chunky 1988 iBook. The business-suited Mr. Koç himself, in wax incarnation, will greet you as you round a corner.
Henceforth, there is a private museum in the capital city, Ankara. The Çengelhan, which played an important role in the earlier years of Koç Company founder Vehbi Koç, is located at Ulus. Now it has opened as a museum, while preserving its historical integrity. The Çengelhan, restored by Koç Holding, is lighting the way for scientific and technological developments.
Cumhuriyet / Şengül Aydıngün
The Koç Family, which plays an important role in artistic and cultural life of Turkey, presented a museum to the capital city. While looking around the museum I saw that it was designed as a replica in miniature of the Istanbul Rahmi M. Koç Museum.