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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 #27 of 504 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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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47 reviews 47 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

A wonderful step back through history but be warned you need to have a few hours as there is so Much to see, very well laid out and large boards in English explaining exhibitions. We paid for the audio tour which was a total waste of money as I would have to say this is the worst audio tour I... More

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West Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

If you have any interest in archeology, this is a wonderful museum even when it is under heavy reconstruction for seismic activity. There are choice items from centuries of important eras. To us, one of the most interesting parts was items from Schliemann's discoveries at Troy, because most of his things that had been in the museum in Berlin we... More

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Noosa, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

If the region's history is of real interest to you, this is a "must do" attraction. the scale and depth of the collection is mind boggling. I (unfortunately) had very limited time, however as digital cameras are permitted, I was able to photograph many of the pieces I would have preferred to gaze at for longer. I especially loved the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The museum is currently undergoing restoration so the Alexander the Great section was closed on the day we visited, but there is so much more to see here and it is definitely worth the visit. You can get in with the museum pass and skip the line. We especially enjoyed the Oriental building and its very ancient collection, including fun... More

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Comber, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Wander through thousands years of history in this fascinating museum. Many exhibits are situated in the outside area & you are free to walk amongst them. Make sure to check out the Sultan's kiosk (very posh garden shed). It's opposite the main doors of the indoor exhibits. Entry to the Park is included on the Istanbul Museum Card.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This place is amazing and so beautiful.From the tomb of Alexander the Great to the magnificent sculptures of him and others.It is truly a place where east meets west.There are over a million objects spread over 3 museums dating back past 1600 years.We could spend weeks there and barely scratch the surface.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I am a museum junkie so I have seen a lot. This is a place which should NOT BE MISSED. It is in the old city and reasonable close to other important sights The collections are incredible even to those who have seen countless statutes & heads. DONT MISS ALEXANDER THE GREAT TOMB. Stunning

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It is just 5 min away by walk from St .Sophia church and the topkapi palace . It is very huge buildings . While you enter from main door on your left there is one building in whicih the world first agreement , the treaty of kadesh that was done between the hitties and Egyptians phararoh emperor , Ramses II... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a three building complex of prehistory through Byzantine and Ottoman treasures. I especially enjoyed the Hittite exhibit featuring the Treaty of Kadesh, the earliest known peace treaty between the Hittite Kingdom and Egypt, in the 13th century BC and the artifacts from the excavations of Troy. Lots to see -- unfortunately the museum is not air conditioned and... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I'm not going to pretend to be cultured. There are really old pieces of rock carved into the shapes of people and stuff. That's what it is. BUT.. I do like that stuff. There are 3000 year old chests and skeletons in the ground and stuff. Pretty good. It's not laid out in the best, most amazing way, but honestly,... More

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