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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
90 212 5207740
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Ranked #19 of 642 attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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houston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Needs a bit of updating but stil has lots of really good ancient ruens of the many civilizations that started in Turkey. Well worth a visit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Half the museum was closed, signage was poor, lighting was poor, overall presentation was lacking despite a lot of great stuff. Must see the small tile museum, it is beautiful!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

even though its a building site there are large sections still open. they have cut the price down to account the smaller selection yet it still seems to be big and a little confusing narrative. Along the way you forget that you are looking at over 8000 years of history. amazing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We were disappointed as the museums appear to be poorly laid out with no clear signposting or information. There is renovation work going on which may have been a factor but an extremely disappointing visit. Topkapi was far more interesting from an artefacts point of view although I appreciate the museums are not like for like. Personally I would only... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This museum is one of the best in the world if you love Roman and Greek sculpture. There is a collection of sarcophagi which is fascinating and includes the Alexander Sarcophagus, well over two thousand years old and almost pristine. The carvings of the soldiers were coloured, who knew they wore such bright colours and looked relatively modern. However, we... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I spent many hours walking around the 3 buildings that comprise this archaeological museum. The displays are well laid out and the number of exhibits is quite extraordinary. Easy to walk to from Sultanahmet, I highly recommend a visit.

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Tehran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We took our kids and spent the whole day there. It is consisted of a series of buildings filled with ancient artifacts and each building is devoted to a different era of history from Babel to Persian, Greek, Egyptian and Roman empires to more recent tile, glasswork and pottery of Ottoman empire. You can see mummies, skeletons, sarcophagus, and many... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

You will find the history of thousands of years in these museums. The Topkapi has relics of the prophet. the Name-i-Saadet, 3 hairs off of mohammed's chin... I saw and photographed a letter written by very the hand of Mohammad the prophet, threatening all of the Coptics... Convert or die.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

this place is really packed with history on three floors. There are also three different buildings, i went to two. getting a museum pass, does get you a bit museum tired, but if you have got a pass check this place out. i enjoyed the classical status, and the Tiled house, I didn't spend as much time as i would... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

A really huge and great museum with a rich collection of ancient middle eastern artefacts.Really interesting with items from Babylon, Assyria and Troy.A very nicely laid out museum in the old town of Istanbul next to the Topkapi Palace. This is a great place to spend some time while in Istanbul. Must visit!

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