Museum, which is opened for public visits under the name of Islamic Foundations Museum in 1914 in Almshouse building, located within Süleymaniye Social Complex, which is the opus of Sinan the Architect, is the first Turkish museum, where Turkish and Islamic Artsa re exhibited collectively. Museum is called Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum in the period after Republic.
Museum is moved into Ibrahim Pasha Palace in 1983. Ibrahim Pasha Palace, located just opposite Sultan Ahmet Mosque, was constructed on the
northern-west space of Hippodrome. The remains of Hippodrome were also used during the construction. Sultan and people around him used to watch the festivals, march parades in Horse Square, in the loggia and balcony Ibrahim Pasha Palace. Palace is one of the most important Ottoman çivil architectural models of XVI. century and it is given as a gift to grand vizier Ibrahim Pasha by Suleyman The Magnificent in 1520. After the death of Ibrahim Pasha in 1536, place is used in the services such as barracks, sewing workshop, janissary band house, jail. Section, which is used as museum at the present time, is great ceremony saloon and its surrounding section and 2nd courtyard of the palace. Excellent arts od all periods of Islamic art are exhibited in the museum.
Art works, which are exhibited in the museum, are composed of Carpet Art collection, Wooden Art Collection, Manuscripts and Calligraphy collection, Stone Arts collection, Metal Arts collection, Ceramic and Glass Art collections. The wealthiest one of these collections is the Carpet collection, containing the most beautiful models of Seljuk and Ottoman period. The most beatiful models of carpet, prayer rug and rug of Uşak, Gördes, Bergama, Ladik, Milas, Sivas, Konya, Kars, are exhibited. It is possible to see extremely unique arts of other collections in the museum.
Some of them are Siyer-i Nebi of famous calligraphist Ahmet Karahisari, explaining Koran and Life of Prophets, and work, named as Zübde-tüt Tevarih with miniature, recording Turkish and Islamic history until the reign of Sultan III.Murat, Koran case covers with the pearl inlay and reading desk, 1251 dated wooden sarcophagus of Seyyit Mahmut Hayrani and also excellent models of metal, glass, tile and calligraphy arts. Furthermore, museum has also the ethnographic arts section. Carpet and rug looms, woven pieces, wool dying techniques, carpet weaving and embroidery art models, collected from various regions of Anatolia, costumes are exhibited in its local richness and house wares, handicrafts, handicraft equipments, migratory tents are exhibited in its peculiar locations here.