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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
90 212 5207740
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Ranked #27 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Planned to go for quick visit and pick up Museum pass. Lots to see. although some renovation ongoing. Good background to history of area...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

First, be aware that at the moment there is a major restoration programme on site, but this does not stop you visiting. Essentially, after you pass through the main entrance you will be faced by a building on your left - well worth seeing the displays of ancient artefacts including oldest peace treaty about 2500 years ago. Then there is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Very big and complete museum! The only downside was that almost half of it was closed for restorations so it really ruined the experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Archaelogical Museum (istanbularkeoloji.com) is considered the world's finest collections of classical artifacts as well as treasures from the pre -classical world (Treaty of Kadesh, Statue & Bust of Alexander the Great, Alexander Sarcophagus, Karaman Mihrab, etc). There are 20 galleries housed in three stories plus a basement that is being remodelled. Two separate buildings on the same grounds consist of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This was one of the last places that I visited, and it was cool to see all the goodies from the different archaeological sights that I had visited. They have a large section from Troy. There is also a nice display of tiles and pottery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Besides the obvious sights and sites in Istanbul to visit, this must surely be very near the top. It is one of the great musems of the world, quietly tucked away in the Topkapi Palace grounds. I am trained in archaeology and found this place an awe-inspiring experience. There are 6 levels of eye watering exhibits.However, you must know what... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Everything you read about whilst as a kid on ancient history, those pics you saw in those old text books, well you will find them here. This museum (actually has 3 museums in one) has a vast collection of ancient artefacts and statues. They have so many that they leave some out in the open. Alexander the Great's sarcophogus is... More

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Pozzuoli, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Two museum pet peeves: if all the good stuff is being restored, charge people less for entry to see the "leftovers". Two: have signs please. Decent signs. Not everyone has the time or patience of getting an audioguide, which is exactly what they're trying to do - get you to rent one. E.g. There are two giant sarcophogi outside that... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The outside of the building was gorgeous - the inside looked like a 70's airport with barely enough items on display to keep us there an hour - and what was there paled in comparison to other museums - and others must know this too because I think I counted 10 people there total. Not worth the money or time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The Archaeology Museum in Istanbul is in Topkapi, near the palace. There is a long cobbled road up to the museum, which is very atmospheric in autumn. One day they may be finished with their endless restoration work. On our last visit the Museum of the Ancient Orient was open, so that we were able to see such items as... More

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