Apart from observing and exploring the concept, design, innovative methods, effective use of  technology, presentation of objects, the creation of the narratives within the museums or sites of memory, meeting with the experts, benefiting from their expertise, and gathering their recommendations is inspiring and contributes to widening our horizons. Having meetings with the curators,  museum directors, education program coordinators, and outreach program coordinators enables us to take efficient and mind-opening steps in order to determine the roadmap of the Hrant Dink Site of Memory.  

Within the scope of the preliminary project, we have conducted study trips to  Budapest, Tiran, Berlin, Weimar, Dresden, Warsaw, Krakow, Milan, Modena, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Washington DC, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Yerevan and have had the opportunity to visit the memorials, museums, and sites of memory in these cities. We have also participated in various trainings, workshops, and international conferences. 

In September of 2015, we participated in a study trip on dealing with the past organized by the Robert Bosch Foundation, which had a special focus on the museums, memorials, and sites of memory located in the German cities of Berlin, Weimar, and Dresden. Within the scope of the study trip and apart from visiting those places, we also participated in the seminars given by renowned professionals.  

In March of 2016, we also participated in a daylong training on ‘Dialogue on Difficult Pasts’ organized by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. 

Within the course of the preliminary project, we will continue visiting the museums, memorials, and sites of memory that deal with difficult political pasts and defy social amnesia. We will continue participating in trainings and workshops. 

Additionally, we will continue to invite experts and museums professionals with whom we meet to Istanbul for panels and workshops and enable interested groups to benefit from the other countries’ experiences and best practices.

The cities and museums that are visited within the scope of study visits 


Shoes on the Danube Bank, Budapest, February 2016

Museums: House of Terror , Holocaust Memorial Center, Memento Park , Liszt Ferenc Museum , Miniversum 

Memorials:  Shoes on the Danube Bank , Living Memorial 


Museums:  Spac Prison, House of Leaves,  Communism exhibition at National Gallery 


Museums: Wansse Konferans House, Jewish Museum, Sacchsenhausen Camp, Stille Helden Museum, Otto Weidt Museum, Palace of Tears, DDR Museum, Information Center for the murdered Jews,  Topography of Terror, Berlin Wall Memorial, Stasi Museum

Memorials: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin T4 Memorial and Information Center, The Memorial to Homosexuals persecuted under Nazism , The Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism, Block of Women Memorial, The Empty Library Memorial

Weimar: Buchenwald Concentration Camp, Goethe Museum  


Dresden Military Museum, Bautzner Stasi Hapishanesi


Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw Uprising Museum, Katyn Museum, Friedrich Chopin Museum, Museum of Independence 


Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp 


New York:  Jewish Museum, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Tenement Museum, National Museum of American Indian, Museum of Chinese in America 

Washington D.C:  United States Holocaust Museum, Newseum, National Museum of American Indian

Children's Memorial, Los Angeles Museum of Holocaust, Los Angeles,April 2016

Los Angeles: Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles Museum of Holocaust, Getty Museum 

South Africa: 

Cape Town: Robben Island Museum, District 6 Museum, Bo-kaap Museum , Slave Lodge Museum 

Johannesburg: Constitution Hill, Apartheid Museum, Hector Pieterson Museum

Distict Six Museum, Cape Town, June 2016

South America:

Buenos Aires, Argentina: Memory Park, ESMA Memory Site, Olimpo Memory Site, Orletti Memory Site, Memoria Abierta, Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo 

Santiago, Chile: Salvador Allende Museum, Memory and Human Rights Museum, La Chascona Pablo Neruda House Museum, Villa Grimaldi Peace Park, Londres 38


Modena: Camp Fossili 

Carpi: Museo del Deportato,


Armenian Genocide Museum, Parajanov Museum, Komitas Museum, Kafesjian Museum