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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)

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Address: At Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:44 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 2125181805
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum showcases Islamic calligraphy, tiles...
The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum showcases Islamic calligraphy, tiles and rugs and recreates rooms or dwellings from Turkish cultures, particularly nomadic groups.
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A beautiful building and collection.

From the outside it does not look very interesting, we went in because of the cold wine, a good decision, the exhibits were interesting with information in Turkish and English... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 13, 2015
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Moscow, Russia
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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

From the outside it does not look very interesting, we went in because of the cold wine, a good decision, the exhibits were interesting with information in Turkish and English, the designers of the museum and the exhibits have used a lot of glass and imagination, I plan to return when the sun is shining.

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Very small exposition. Half of it - Korans from different areas and times. Nice location, 20 likes entrance, nice souvenir shop, I am not impressed in total

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Our visit was after the renovation. The building is wonderful, and from the first floor there's a great view of the blue mosque. There's a yard which I believe will be great to sit at with warm weather. You can enter with the museum card. The arts objects are mostly calligraphied versions of the Qoran from different times and regions,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This museum is on the Hippodrome, opposite the Blue Mosque. It was originally built as from 1523, for Süleyman the Magnificent's grand vizier (and brother-in-law) Ibrahim Pasa (originally a Greek slave!). After years of restoration, the museum opened in 1983. When we went there were not many visitors although it is so central. There's a pleasant courtyard with an impressive... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

may be good but the amounts of displayed articles is so small. Feel a little disappointed, especially for a 20tl fee which is so high for so little stuffs. although some of the things displayed here do have significant historical meanings to the islam world or a tourist.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

For someone who knows nothing about Islamic art, we enjoyed this museum. The building (a palace) is beautiful with excellent views of the Blue Mosque. The signs told the viewer about various cities and periods in Islamic art and each section was illustrated by a few key objects, although there are no standout pieces. This is not a large museum,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The building is splendid, and the renovation makes it look great. Unfortunately, the experience of viewing the art is decidedly sub-par. Some items in the collection are fabulous. But the curatorial choices sink the art - more's the pity. Like many newly renovated museums, this one presents objects - bring your own knowledge of calligraphy, ceramics, art history - or... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Is not fair because the Müze (the Museums card for Istanbul) is supposed to include this museum but is closed due to restorations! don't waste your time there!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

They were working on what's ostensibly the front of it with construction equipment. Too bad, as it sounds interesting.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Heard that a good collection of rugs are here, but the museum is still closed :(, will check that this is open first before i travel to Istanbul again, i feel that maybe the price of the museum pass should be reduced though, it's only fair

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