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Boğaziçi University Cultural Heritage Museum

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Rumelihisarı, Bebek, Istanbul

10–4, strictly by appointment only

Metro: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi–Hisarüstü

In one of the historic houses that cover the hillside of this 19th-century, early-20th-century campus, three rooms retain their original character. Bosphorus University Cultural Heritage Museum (actually also the site of the History and Asian Studies graduate courses in some of the rooms) is open for visits, but those interested should make an appointment beforehand. Some rooms are decorated with the furniture and personal belongings of three families who taught in Robert College: the first was the original owner of the building, Alexander van Milligen, a Bebekli (an Englishman of the Bebek-Hisar British community), a pioneer Byzantine historian. The second was the head master George Dodge Huntington and his wife Elizabeth, a good friend of Queen Marie of Romania (the niece of Queen Victoria), an enigmatic beauty and interesting personality of the 30s. Both women were active in the interwar period peace movement writing letters from this humble abode to world leaders against war. The third family was Harold and Eveline Scott (British). Eveline witnessed the transition to Bogazici University. Each lef left personal belongings to the college when they departed. Mrs Scott bequeath it all to Bogazici University in the end.

Visits Mon-Fri, 10-4, by appointment with Buket Sargan. Occasional tours of the historic Campus with student assistants are also arranged (buket.sargan

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