2019 Turkish Culture Year The Treasures and the Tradition of “Lâle” in the Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire enjoyed at a period of sustained prosperity that lasted for several hundred years until the early 20th century. The tulip, known as lâle in Turkish, was venerated as a symbol of the empire. Selectively bred to create some 2,000 diverse types and actively cultivated through the region, the flower was also a popular motif in literature and art.
Drawing on artifacts from the Topkapi Palace, including the sultans’ treasures, this exhibition presents works that make use of tulip patterns, providing viewers with a look at the elegant Ottoman court culture. The exhibition also traces the history of friendly relations between Turkey and Japan, which dates back to this period.


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    【Group】(20 or more)
    Adults 1,300yen
    College students 900yen
    High school students 400yen

    Adults 1,500yen
    College students 1,100yen
    High school students 600yen

    *Junior high school students or younger are free
    *Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge (Please present certificate at the admission)
    *Collection gallery is available with this ticket
    *Advance tickets are available from April 15 to June 13

    For more details, visit the official site.

  • Closed days

    Mondays (except July 15), July 16

  • Opening hours

    09:30〜17:00 *Open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, between 6/1 - 6/30 *Open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, between 7/5 - 7/27  *Last entry 30 minutes before closing
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