The Military Museum and Cultural Centre Command is subordinate to the Military History and Strategic Studies (ATASE) Division, General Staff, deployed in Harbiye district of Istanbul. The Harbiye district, meaning “military”, derives its name from the service buildings of the Military Museum which were used by the Ottoman Empire in its later periods as the Military Academy. The founder of the Republic, the great leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, graduated from this school.
The museum collects, classifies, maintains and renovates the works of art that can be regarded as cultural military assets, and stores and exhibits them using modern methods in order to hand them on to future generations.
There are approximately 55,000 objects in its inventory, 5,000 of which are displayed in the museum’s exhibition halls.