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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
90 212 5207740
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Ranked #22 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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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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

For a person who likes history like me, this museum is actually the best attraction in Istanbul. The collections are really great and historical. The museum itself is really big. For a history-lover, you would like to spend about 3 hours there. However, if you are not a history-lover, 2 hours of visit would be enough.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

they have a lot of great history for people to go and see. When you go there and visit you should make at least have 3 hours to see everything that they have to offer.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Disappointed to find that most of the Classical sculpture galleries were closed for restoration, and so some of the major attractions (such as the Alexander Sarcophagus) can't be seen.

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Was surprised with their renovations that ancient pieces were hauled outside into the surrounding grounds. Interesting but in retrospect would have skipped

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