Art of words: Türkiye opens the 1st “Word Museum” in the capital Ankara


Turkish words meet art in the first “Word Museum” in Ankara and Türkiye, the capital, founded by author Şermin Yaşar to teach children and young people the meaning of Turkish words, proverbs and idioms.

The four-storey building, which was once used as a granary and mohair warehouse, is located opposite the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara Castle. After the restorations, the museum opened its doors to visitors on Monday.

Şermin Yaşar is widely known for her works which aim to stimulate children’s imagination, improve their coordination and contribute to their personal development.

Actress and presenter Ceyda Düvenci was the host of the program held at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.

Speaking about his friendship with Yaşar, Düvenci said that Yaşar set out to teach children the meaning of words which are the basis of the language they will use throughout their lives. Yaşar, on the other hand, said that she listened a lot as a child and analyzed every spoken word, and advised children to be curious about words and to be good listeners.

Saying that they spent a year trying to create the museum, Yaşar said: “The Museum of Words has always been my dream. Our children study Turkish for 12 years during their education and they never mingle with words. In this museum, they will have the opportunity to reflect more deeply on the meaning of words.” Yaşar hopes to open a word museum in every city in Türkiye and has chosen September 26 for the opening as it is “Turkish Language Day”.

Present at the opening as a guest, prominent Turkish historian Ilber Ortaylı pointed out that the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is important in terms of hosting ancient civilizations and monumental works of Anatolia and the added value of Ankara. Ortaylı also suggested that children visit the Museum of Words to understand and contemplate words, and then visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.

The museum offers visitors the opportunity to experience the layered texture of Turkey’s rich vocabulary through exhibits and installations where words intertwine with art and visual designs. The floors are also designed via word formations as the first floor belongs to word roots, the second floor belongs to words, and the last floor belongs to sentences.

Between the staircase connecting the entrance and the first floor of the museum, a glass and brass chandelier with Turkish, Uyghur, Göktürk and Arabic letters attracts attention.

Many works of artists such as paintings, installations and ceramics are displayed in the museum, while there is also a three-dimensional digital sculpture of Türkiye’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, made by an Iranian artist.

At the entrance to the museum, visitors are greeted with phrases such as “welcome”, “it’s nice of you”, “we’ve been waiting a long time” and “what brings you here?” ” “where were you?” as they bid farewell as they leave the museum with the phrases ‘goodbye’, ‘goodbye’, ‘we hope to see you again’, ‘all the best’, ‘stay in touch’, ‘don’t be a stranger ” .”

The “Museum of Words” is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Monday.

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