Prof. Dr. Baki Komsuoğlu Museum, within the body of Kocaeli University, took the first steps on the road of being a museum owing to the fact that Prof. Dr. Komsuoğlu, who served as the Rector of Kocaeli University two times, between 1998 and 2006, collected the equipment, like a collector, that had been used in various units of the university. This approach aiming at narrating the memory and evolution story of the university was improved by collecting archaeological and geological pieces, with which the geophysical structure of Kocaeli was also tracked later on, and technological materials that shed light on the science-industry history of the city. Finally, an Art Department was also added to the collection with 58 pieces of artwork formed by the efforts of Kocaeli University Faculty of Fine Arts. In consequence of all these works, a rich collection has been emerged within the body of the university. An application for founding an official museum -with Prof. Dr. Sezer Komsuoğlu's contribution- was made to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 4 November 2009 pursuant to the “Law 2863, on the Protection of Cultural and Natural Properties” and to the “Regulation on Private Museums and Their Supervision”; and the foundation of Prof. Dr. Baki Komsuoğlu was approved by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums.
Prof. Dr. Baki Komsuoğlu Museum intends to be one of the pioneer museums concerning the academic inheritance within the frame of contemporary museology standards today and aims for transferring the evolution and improvement process of the museum in time to university students and academicians who are the privileged target group. In this direction, the museum, which formed a collection management policy with the aim of transferring the pieces that have academic, historical and artistic value and that represent the identity of Kocaeli University to the next generations, classified the works within the collection as;
Project name: "University Museums in EU Countries and in Turkey" Project
Project number: TR0803.02-02/27
Content of the Project: The “University Museums in EU Countries and Turkey” Project is one of the twenty-one (21) projects which were entitled to receive grant in 2012 within the scope of Turkey and European Union (EU): “Civil Society Service: EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue: Museums Grant Scheme”. While the general goal of this project is to contact, cooperate and exchange information with the actors of our country and the EU to improve the approaches and implementations of university museums in Turkey, it also aims at raising awareness on the role and importance of University Museums in Turkey and EU Countries.
Detailed Information: http://muze.kocaeli.edu.tr/museuni/int