Submitted by Talat Alkan


Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $40,000

Project Team

Creative Director - Executive Producer

Talat Alkan

Muse VR

Creative Director

Taha Alkan

Muse VR


Osman Hamdi Bey was a prominent Ottoman statesman, archaeologist, and art historian. He is best known for his work as the director of the Istanbul Archaeological Museums and his efforts to preserve and promote Turkish cultural heritage. In particular, he is known for his discovery of the ancient city of Lycia and for his excavations of the sarcophagus of King Mausolus, which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Osman Hamdi Bey was also a talented painter, and he created several notable works of art during his lifetime.

A Journey Into The World of Osman Hamdi Bey VR Experience, is a project created with Pera Museum Istanbul, has reached more than 15.000 uniqe visitors in Pera Museum. Ottoman aristocratic daily life; Osman Hamdi Bey’s mansion in Kuruçeşme/Bosphorus. This room

furnished with real references of period, architecture, furniture, personal items, art tools and documentation from family. Such as photographs, letters, family memories. Also we placed some clues which gave inspiration to the artist for creating Tortoise Trainer like Korean Gravure

of Tortoise Tamer. As one can see all these details, discovering the dynamics of the painting and how artist re-composed them according to his own style. For example, near the Tortoise trainer standing in


The Osman Hamdi Bey VR Experience combines art, technology, and interactivity to showcase storytelling in virtual reality. Collaborating with an art institution, it presents a cinematic exploration of Osman Hamdi Bey's world. Through immersive visuals and interactivity, participants step into his atelier, witness the creation of masterpieces, and interact with virtual paintings. The project blends art and technology, offering a fresh perspective on his life. Meticulously composed scenes and a captivating soundtrack create an immersive work of art. Interactivity allows participants to engage with the virtual environment, exploring and connecting with Osman Hamdi Bey's artistic techniques. Collaboration with an art institution strengthens its ties to the art world, inviting enthusiasts and scholars to experience this innovative fusion. The Osman Hamdi Bey VR Experience exemplifies the potential of virtual reality, blending art, technology, and interactivity to captivate audiences and push the boundaries of storytelling.


The collaboration process for the Osman Hamdi Bey VR Experience spanned an intense two-year period from 2017 to 2019, during the early stages of VR experiences. The project was successfully completed and installed on May 19, 2019. Since then, it has remained open and continues to attract visitors on a regular basis at the Pera Museum.

Throughout the development of the VR Experience, several professors and art experts made significant contributions to the documentation process. Their expertise helped ensure the accuracy and authenticity of the content. Additionally, artists and programmers worked diligently to create a seamless and immersive story mechanics, making the Osman Hamdi Bey VR Experience one of the pioneering art experiences of its time.

The dedication and collaboration of all those involved resulted in a well-crafted VR experience that captures the essence of Osman Hamdi Bey's world. The ongoing popularity and positive reception from visitors demonstrate the impact and success of this project in merging art, technology, and storytelling.

The Osman Hamdi Bey VR Experience stands as a testament to the possibilities and innovation that VR can bring to the art world, offering a unique and immersive journey for all who visit the Pera Museum.

Additional Information

https://musestudio.io/index.php/portfolio-item/a_journey_into_the_world_of_osman_hamdy_bey/ The Osman Hamdi Bey VR Experience had a successful introduction and has since been promoted through various channels in collaboration with the Pera Museum. As a dynamic and ever-evolving media, the experience remains open for upgrades and enhancements. Continuous notes are being taken to ensure that the VR experience stays current, providing visitors with a consistently immersive and up-to-date encounter. Through the ongoing collaboration with the Pera Museum, the VR experience has been able to adapt and incorporate new elements, keeping it fresh and relevant. This dedication to refinement ensures that visitors have a captivating and cutting-edge encounter with the world of Osman Hamdi Bey. By actively taking notes and seeking ways to improve the experience, the creators are committed to maintaining the high quality and engaging nature of the VR journey. This iterative process allows for the integration of new technologies, artistic techniques, and storytelling approaches, keeping the Osman Hamdi Bey VR Experience at the forefront of the art and technology fusion. With each upgrade and touch-up, the VR experience continues to deliver a remarkable and immersive encounter, captivating...