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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
90 212 5207740
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Ranked #15 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A Museum Pass will let you skip the queue. Once inside there are a couple of buildings to visit and a cafe. There is quite a lot on show and information panels are in English (and Turkish). In the main building there is not an obvious order to the way you are directed around the rooms but I enjoyed it... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I visited this museum with my 14 year old daughter, there were some aspects that she found interesting and others that she just wanted to go through very quickly. As it is not a very expensive entrance fee, I would say that it is worth a visit. We rented the headphones, which I found good to explain some of what... More

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Izmir, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This museum ıs an excellent museum but due to restoratıon going on at the second floor Many halls are closed to the visit and limited.

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Museum is undergoing renovation but parts are still open. The Royal Necropolis exhibit of Sidon has some highly carved and beautifully preserved sarcophagi that I have ever seen, most looking in pristine condition considering they are 2500 + years old.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

If you love coffins, sarcophagi and dead things, this is a great place to go. The Alexander-type coffin is a must see. The history of this region is incredible and you could easily lose hours in here. Even better, its not totally packed with tourists which can be a welcome escape in that area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The oldest-known love poem was written in Mesopotamia 4,000 years ago and can be found inscribed on a slab of stone in Istanbul’s Archaeological Museum. Istanbul’s Archaeological Museum was the first museum in Turkey but nevertheless ranks as one of the finest and largest in the world with over a million objects. It’s close to Topkapi Palace, on the way... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

There was no queue for tickets here when we visited so it was a good place to purchase the museum pass. The audio guide provided extra information about some of the artifacts. There is one section full of sarcophagus and another building full of artifacts found in Istanbul.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I was not expecting much, but upon entering the museum's main building, was completely stunned in seeing so many thousands of years uniquely laid out for your eyes to feast upon! I came away with a better understanding of the various groups that have fought over and occupied Turkey and left their indelible marks on this fantastic country! Definitely rent... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

A large section is still closed!!!!!!!! On and off, they offer a date for the opening of the rest of the museum. Reminds me of Italy, where they close for decades. There is a nice selection but it would be nice if some additional space could be accessed to but a fraction of the collection on public view. Yes, the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Plan for a few hours in this most interesting museum - 3 at least. There are actually three separate museums that make up the Archaeological Museum: The Museum of Ancient Orient, the Tile Museum and the main Archeological Museum. (WHY? might you ask, is there an Ancient Orient museum in Istanbul? Oh silly, because Istanbul straddles both the European AND... More

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