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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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It's a wonderful place including so many things made by (stone-marble-wood-iron-metal) which will amaze you .you can find there a lot of historical things from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It's a wonderful place including so many things made by (stone-marble-wood-iron-metal) which will amaze you .you can find there a lot of historical things from Egypt-Iran-Syria,.. it has a several building to visit and each one takes time about 1 hour and totally 3 hours need to visit it but don't remember to take Audio guide (different language Persian-Arabic-English-Turkish,...)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The museum was only 15 tr which is around 8 aud. very good value for what was inside the museum as it as absolutely everything from around troy, Ephesus, Babylon.p, etc... It was under renovation when we were there which was the only downside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The geography of Turkey places it in the center of world history - from the earliest civilizations in Mesopotamia, through the Hittites, Alexander the Great, Greece, Troy, Romans (Constantine), the Byzantine empire and finally the Ottoman empire. The city of Istanbul was critical to the speed of Christianity (Constantine) and Islam (the Ottomans). With this history, you would expect the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I would give this a 3, my husband gives it a 4. He thought that the items in the museum were especially interesting, including the world's first treaty (admittedly that was pretty cool) and other early cuneiform documents. I was less impressed, most due to the fact that I have found other museums in the world to have a more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Almost overwhelming in volume of material. This venue is frequently overlooked but well worth the time if you have it.not only for the wealth objects but of the ancient middle east..but I..wish there more documentation of "the chain"... It should be clear that I am very prejudiced and love Turkey...and Istanbul...and find both eternally fascinating. Taxi drivers are another story!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This is the place that has WOW effect. First time I was there I stayed 5 hours. i was blown away. Second time, i stayed for 4.5 hours. Its like all cultures, all places in the world are put in one place- one place to amaze you. Second time I went there Alexander's sarcophagus was in basement, reconstructed and hidden... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This is a quality museum with some excellent collections spanning many historical civilisations. It is huge and you need to commit at least 3 hours to do justice to some of the artefacts, realistically you could spend longer. This is one of the best things to do in Istanbul.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I expected more. Of course, I'm sure much is sitting in museums in other parts of the world. But there was some interesting things. Audio was quite week on information

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Mind boggling collection. Spent over an hour in the Ancient and then realised that it was a mere precursor. A large section was closed due to earthquake works but the rest still required the rest of a very long day to appreciate the thoughtfully laid out exhibits. Loved the Troy segment

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I love history and I didn't expect to see that many things in this museum. First of all, you have 4 museums and another one is in restoration. The museum is in the Gulhane Park, near Topkapi Palace. They also have a terace where you can eat or have a tea/coffee if you want to take a break. You have... More 

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Address: Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 90 212 5207740
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul

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