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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

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Address: Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 90 212 5207740
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of the...
Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of the world's largest museums with over one million works. Opened to the public in 1891, it houses a collection of Greek, Roman and Byzantine artifacts.
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This museum has a fine collection of artefacts from the ancient times in several buildings nestled next to one of the best parks in Istanbul. Well worth spending a couple of hours... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

This museum has a fine collection of artefacts from the ancient times in several buildings nestled next to one of the best parks in Istanbul. Well worth spending a couple of hours to learn more about these times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place is a must see. The exhibits are fantastic, giving another dimension and understanding to the average person as to turkey's place in the world's history. Place you could spend hours in, even if you have no specific interest in archeology. It will give you a deeper appreciation of the many tourist sites in istanbul and turkey .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is well worth a visit. It's a massive place and even with some areas currently being refurbished you need to target particular areas you want to see. The history of Turkey is complex and the museum covers all the civilisations in modern day Turkey, Eastern Turkey and the middle east . The quality of the collections is amazing -... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We came here to finish off sight seeing for our first full day in Istanbul. Maybe it's because we were tired, or because we aren't really history aficionados, but there was nothing really special about the museums. A lot of pieces throughout history, but nothing wow to be honest. One visitor told us that Alexander's tomb was not visible to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Situated in the shadow of the Topkapi Palace, this is an entirely different experience. Don't expect jewel-encrusted daggers - the exhibits here may not be crowd-pullers but they are just as impressive. Exhibits not too miss include Babylonian friezes which rival those in the British Museum, the Treaty of Khadesh and numerous Greek and Roman sculptures. There is a pleasant... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I had the pleasure of visiting the Istanbul Archaeological museums with my partner on a snowy day in February 2015. Built in what was previously the Topaki palace outer gardens, it is a complex of three archaeological museums, all covered by the one ticket priced at 15TL or included in the Istanbul museum pass. These include (1) The Archaeological museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This museum is near the topokia museum,a park, and the blue mosque so its worth doing it at the same time. There is not masses to see, which is a good thing if you have already been to one of the other museums, too many museums in one day can be a bit much. It was only 15 turkish monies... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This museum suffers from neglect and minimal significant objects. The best, most significant artifacts are in other countries museums. The museum was barely open as they were doing renovations and the main sight that we came to see, the sarcophagus wasn't even on display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This first rate museum has treasures from Neolithic through medieval times concentrating on the Middle East, Rome, Byzantium, Greece, Egypt, and other cultures. See artifacts from Troy, a piece of the chain across the Golden Horn that kept the ottomans at bay, and sarcophagi galore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This museum is under renovation and you can only see half the objects. For example you cannot see Alexendar the Great's sarcophagus. When we were in Istanbul no one recommended this and the crowds are sparse. But they have some of the best collections of antiquities from the Mesopotamian era. The cuneiform tablets of Sumerians are truly amazing. So if... More 

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