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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
90 212 5207740
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Ranked #23 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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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

There are so many amazing displays that meaninful time is needed to absorb them, for those really interested in the content of the museum a single visit can only be accomplished if your concern is what you asre seeing not where your traveol partner is... so no matter what go it alone and meet back at the hotel.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

How can you rate an archaeology museum other than by its historic content, quality of the grounds and buildings, and the aesthetics of the displays. On all fronts this museum is a solid 4 stars - but watch out for the renovations that are under way and the areas that are closed off. Three smaller buildings contains artifacts going back... More

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Caguas, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

A unique experience to travel trough ancient history with this remarkable museum. Be shure to visit the Egypt area wich it's worth the time. It's a unique learning experience that will last forever. Some of the areas where closed to public, but still the areas that where open made it for them. It will take around 4 to 6 hours... More

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Milwaukee, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We bought the "Museum Pass Istanbul" (http://museumpassistanbuldistributor.com/) from the ticket booth when we visited Topkapi Palace. It allows you to visit each of museums on the pass once in a 3-day period. You should try to visit these museums during the week, as weekends were visibly busier. However, in my opinion, if you have the time, I wouldn't try to... More

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I history fanatic I went through half of the museum and it definitely worth it. my only regret I couldn't complete it due to a personal reason and if I have the chance in the future I will definitely go back.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I visited the Istanbul Archaeological Museum with my mother, who grew up in Istanbul and had not been to this museum since she was in elementary school in the 1960s. There have been extensive renovations to the museum and it seems like they are doing a great job. Even though some areas were closed, the areas still open were excellent.... More

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Metz, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The archaeological museum is - like many other museums in Turkey and Greece - under restauration and not everything is accessible (2014). Nevertheless, there is still more than you can see within a 3-4 hour visit. In fact the museum is dispatched in three different buildings: ancient cultures of the near east and Mesopotamia, the main building with finds from... More

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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This a must see when visiting Istanbul, the artefacts and history will astound you. Could have spent the whole day there, and then visited again and again....

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Great place but some areas are closed for renovations. However what was open was great. They sometimes have special exhibitions, which were not on when we were there, these "specials" can be great. We had bought a museum ticket which covered the entry fee into here, well worth while to purchase

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Targoviste, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The museum, or better said the museums (because there are three museums: the Mosaic Museum, The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts and the Archaeology Museum itself) offers a wide variety of information about the culture of Turkey and also about the culture of Egypt and the Middle East. It is a perfect place for history lovers. The exhibitions are... More

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