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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

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Neighborhood: Sultanahmet - Old City
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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 perhaps isn't the sort of place we would visit on a city break, but we noticed that it was part of the 3 day museum pass and much quieter than the overbearing crowds at... read more

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

This perhaps isn't the sort of place we would visit on a city break, but we noticed that it was part of the 3 day museum pass and much quieter than the overbearing crowds at Topkapi Palace so gave it a go. Some of the areas were being restored, but we were very impressed with the artefacts that we did... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This museum is on the grounds of the Topkapi Palace and includes 3 buildings. The larger building at the back right should probably be toured first. It contains several floors of artifacts from old Istanbul including the chain that was used to block the Golden Horn (inlet separating old and new districts) from invaders, many sarcophagi and tomb stones, and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Given Turkey's rich history, the artifacts currently available at the museum was quite disappointing. It might be worth a visit once they reopen the main collections to the public. Unless you have a museum pass, it's not worth paying for a visit as it is now.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Istanbul's Archaeology Museum feels surprisingly unpolished. Hundreds or thousands of sarcophogi, friezes, statues and more from Roman ruins all over are displayed in vast rooms, and you can walk unfettered among them. It's a bit like sauntering through a graveyard. Lighting is generally dim, and there's little more explanation of what you're seeing than a name, 2-3 word description and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Did not get to see everything, the place was under renovation, so we didn't get to see alexander the great's grave. However, there are very few tourists here- most visit the topkapi instead. Shame, because this is definitely worth your time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Its a great place to spend 3 hours on a rainy day. Interesting and - for me -unique museum. It is easy to find and easy to understand.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The archaeological museums continue to undergo renovation, so you will likely miss out on some of the exhibits. That being said, you will see artwork and artifacts that are studied all over the world – many of the highlights from my old textbooks can be found in this museum. It's an amazing place with so much history. For those who haven't... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

All the Guide Books told me that I should look out for the Alexander Sarcophagus, the Palmyran Mausoleum and the snake head from the Serpentine Column. None of these were accessible due to the fact that more than half the museum is closed for renovation. The Museum of the Orient building has wonderful Hittite carvings which are well worth a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Even though about a third of the exhibits were closed for renovation, we found the museum fascinating. It is absolutely amazing to contemplate the sweep of civilization(s) represented. You can actually touch artifacts from 1,500 B.C. It also gives a great overview of the history of Byzantium and Anatolia. If you are headed to Troy, the museum provides fascinating background.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

As I read other reviews it seems that the best parts are closed currently. However two floors were open and boring. Beside the exhibition objects (which were 90% pottery from different times) there are walls of text. There was no chronological system that made sense for me (call me stupid), no interactivity and no overview. If you don't know about... More 

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