This museum is in Beşiktaş İstanbul, next to the Bosphorus – side park with a statue and the mausoleum of the famous 16th century Turkish admiral, Barbaros Hayreddin. Within the museum complex is a library and are the Historical Naval Archives. There is an open air museum in the garden as well. Objects durable to open air such as a mosaic reproduction of a map belonging to Piri Reis are on display there.
In the Historical Naval Archieves there are close to 20,000 books in the library, some of them handwritten, and about 25 million document, written in old script, from the Naval Ministry times.