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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 646 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The museum seems to be very good and with a very big collection, but half of it is closed for a construction. I payed 15 tl and the visit was very nice, just missed the opportunity to fully visit it.

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Cork, Ireland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

St Sophia's is fantastic, a definite must see. But beware of cheating taxi drivers. Taxi driver pulled a'switch' con on me, when I gave him a 50TL note he swithched it to a 5TL note, then said I did not give him enough. Turkey seems to be typical Arab culture, they think it is OK to rip people off!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

İf you travel to İstanbul, this place must be seen and spent at least whole day to cover all. Also museum cafe is very good place to take a rest in the living history. İf you miss this place you will be very regretful...

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Cairo, Egypt
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you have museum pass it's a place worth to visit after visiting Topkapi palace. Iznik art collection part is really rich and nice.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A very interesting visit to the museums, which have plenty to offer. There are three buildings in total, each of which showcase many different artifacts from various ages. We spent half the day here and didn't make it to the third building, but I enjoyed everything we saw, as well as the cool air conditioning of the buildings on a... More

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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Although a large portion of the museum was closed down in august 2014 due to restauration (incl. the Alexander sarcophagus) this was a place to spend hours of rewarding time. Be overbearing with the English translations.

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Unteraegeri, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is an absolutely fantastic museum, separated into three parts: ceramics (beautiful porcelain decorated in Arabic style), Classical (Roman/Greek findings incl Alexander Sarcophagus) and the best section, the ancient Orient, which covers ancient Mesopotamia, Sumeria etc.

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Rabat, Morocco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

I went for the Tiled Pavilion and was not disappointed. Fabulous building. Wonderful Unique blue tiles, more modern than in the mosques. The building has fabulous details, room ceilings were wonderful, gorgeous windows. Ceramic displays were also very beautiful and unique. Rest of the buildings were interesting, but my focus was the tiles. Under renovation but still lots to see... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

OK, it's a great museum; i particularly liked the Hittite Lions that are still snarling after 3000 plus years. There are several buildings containing fantastic artifacts from different areas and eras, societies and walks of life. You could easily spend a day here, particularly since the little cafe in the center courtyard has not bad basic stuff, and is surrounded... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

this is honestly one if the best museums i have ever visited. not sure why more people dont talk about it. stunning collection

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