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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Address: Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
Phone Number: 90 212 5207740
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Ranked #26 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of...
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Type: History Museums, 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 1891, it houses a collection of Greek, Roman and Byzantine artifacts.
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Toronto, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

If unable to visit every corner of Turkey, definitely make a stop in this museum. It gives a nice glimpse of the diverse history that encompasses Turkey. The vast collection are kept in separate buildings, make sure you visit each one. Quite a few areas are under restoration and not sure what I've missed out on. The porcelain is beautiful... More 

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Ølstykke, Frederiksborg, Denmark
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The service at the entence was full of humor. The tickets it self looks like Money notes, just more bright and colorfull.

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Brasov, Romania
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

There are so many incredible exhibits there, that it`s really difficult to make a top 10 of them. You need at least 2 hours to visit all the halls.

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Really great collection of archaeological findings, not just from this country, but neighboring countries as well. We used the museum pass and started the tour fro right to left visiting each buildings. the first one was my favorite because I had a chance to see findings from the Troy excavations and my all time favorite Heinrich Schliemann, then the great... More 

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NYC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The museum is in the throes of renovation, currently (as of November 2014), and can be a bit disorganized in its presentation because of this, but the museum does have artifacts from all of the civilizations that occupied Turkey throughout its history - Hittites, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans. The museum complex is larger once you get inside of it,... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I would have definitely given this a five star review if it hadn't been for all the construction at the time of our visit at the beginning of December 2014. We didn't get to see the Alexander or the weeping women sarcophagi because they were under restoration. If you are hoping to see these at some point in the near... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

not very big but a very nice Museum with sooo much to see extremely beautiful and well preserved tombs in marble.

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We only had one day but it was wonderful. We intend to return in 2015. We visited the Sulimaniye Mosque whose garden over looked the "Golden Horn" It is worth buying a group pass, and going in the morning.

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Probably the best museum in Istanbul and maybe Turkey. Newly refurbished with more historic collections. Skip the museum store because way overpriced.

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Antalya, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Istanbul Archeological Museum is the definately most visited museum in Istanbul, together with St. Sophia, located at Sultanahmet Istanbul. You would better to arrange min 3 hours to spend and purchasing a Museum Pass is recommended before your visit...

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