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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
90 212 5207740
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Ranked #18 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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

I'm not the typical person to visit archaeological museums, but this one is really good. There's so much of the culture of the area gathered in one place. I think there were some renovations going on so we might have missed some things

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Goreme, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

Istanbul Archaeological Museums are one of best museum on the world , many historical statue from central anatolia and front Asia,

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

The main part is under refurbishment and you pay 15 Tl full ticket to see small part of the museum And they don't tell you that on entrance .

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

I was a bit surprised how empty the museum was compared to the rest of the area. The collections are overwhelming, there are areas about most of the important old civilizations, too much to see if you don't have much time. The tile museum is also worth a visit.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Spending the morning wondering around the mueseum is a fantastic way to grasp some of the historical and cultural heritage of Istanbul. Make sure to visit if you have time.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

We arrived to find that half the museum was closed for renovation work including one of the main exhibits, the Alexander Sarcophagus. However, there was no reduction in the entry fee. The café was awful, with a very limited selection indeed. This "all day" attraction took us less than half a day to go round as even more was closed... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Under renovation. Alexander's sarcophagus could not be viewed and the major treasures were crammed in to a narrow area.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This museum is worth a visit of at least a half day, even though it's under renovation, and some areas are closed. It's wasn't crowded like the Topkapi palace, so you can take your time to really enjoy the exhibits. We paid for the audio guide, which points out the main highlights, but doesn't really have more information than the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

The museuam has some old architectures and monuments from different eras all from the istanbul and surroundings civilixzations.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Another attraction that was partially under renovation but worth the time... took me about 3 hours but I'm a slow poke in museums.

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