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Military Museum (Asker Muzesi)

Address: Valikonagi Cad. | Harbiye, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 0212 233 2720
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Ranked #47 of 504 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums, Museums
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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

First, this is WORTH THE EFFORT to go. Try to catch the tradition military band performance in the yard. Great fun. The amount of rare weaponry is incredible including pre 1900 United States machine guns. I was amazed what they had. Check out the display of Armenian atrocities for a little revisionist history.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Historically, the Turks have been a war-like people from Central Asia and this museum helps to understand their important past. Pay the extra money ($4?) and take pictures. I was most impressed with the exhibit showing the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 by Mehmet II, including the chain across the Golden Horn. Exhibits about Ataturk and the Dardanelles Campaign (Gallipoli)... More

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Santa Clara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My main reason for visiting was the Mehter Band - which I saw and they didn't disappoint. The real surprise was how much I enjoyed the museum. The first 20 mins, i was actually killing time until the band started. I was lucky enough that a young gentlemen took interest in my tour (or was bored enough) to walk me... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I spent about an hour and a half here in the afternoon. They start their history from the time of atilla the hun to ataturk. Weapons in display range from various swords and bows to guns and then cannons and finally heavy artillary guns amongst other things. Nice and a clean museum and you do end up learning a lot... More

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Kitchener
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

It seems like there is one (or more) of everything that was ever used by or against the Turkish army. We didn't have enough energy to see it all in one visit but we'll be back. We also didn't get to the Janissary concert as it was not on the week we were there. It might be worth checking ahead... More

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Tysons Corner, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Give yourself time to get there if you're staying in Sultanahmet and time to walk around since there's plenty to see inside and outside if you like war and military history--there's one thousand years of Turkish military history. It's my own darn fault that I didn't allow enough time to get from Galata Bridge to the Askerî Müze (Istanbul Military... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

It is a very large complex, first you enter through a garden coated with large artillery, before coming in and examining all the flags of the Turkish people throughout history. You start off with the Turks of Central Asia, where they glorify the history of several tribes, not to mention that they are related to the " Turk-Huns", then on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

its all about the wonderful concert at 3 pm with the amzing performances and music. For the other stuff the collections were good but if there were some videos describing the turkish military history it would be much better.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Although the Museume was hard to find, we were able to visit it and watch the show of the Mehterler, who are considered the first military band in the world and who used to accompany the army in battles. The show starts at 3 PM with a 15 minutes documentary about the band, its creation and function then the stage... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My family and I went to this museum for the tent exhibit, as it was said to be very interesting, and the military band performance at 3 pm. We arrived around 2pm and were very impressed by the large artillery in the front. We slowly weaved our way through the weapon halls heading toward the theater. The performance stared with... More

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