We went to a Symphonic Mehteran concert tonight and I was reminded of a museum that is usually an off the radar tourist destination, the Military Museum in Istanbul. Not only is this museum full of unexpected delights such as the Ottoman tents they used during war campaigns but also it has a show of the Mehteran, the Ottoman military marching band, between 3.00- 4.00pm everyday except Monday and Tuesdays. I have to go back and take pictures and report about the collection of the museum but I can guarantee the tents and the concert are worth the price of admission.
Harbiye, Sisli, Istanbul
Tel: 9 0212 233 2720
Open Wednesday - Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Mehteran Showtime 3.00pm - 4.00pm
P.S. During the summer months there are also performances at the Topkapi Palace as well.