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Military Museum (Asker Muzesi)

Address: Valikonagi Cad. | Harbiye, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 0212 233 2720
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Ranked #48 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums, Museums
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Type: Military Museums, Museums

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Perth, Western Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

For an Australian or New Zealander particularly, this makes an excellent addition to time at Gallipoli. It gives more information on how these battles were seen from the Ottoman side. If Gallipoli was important to Anzacs, it was more so for the Turks. We need to see it. The exhibitions on World War 1 are very well presented. There is... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We did not do justice to the wealth of historical representations documented in this museum. You would probably need at least a day to get a sense of the historical events. If like us, you have only a couple of hours, it's still worth the visit as you get a sense of the Ottoman invasions from the display of actual... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

For a good overview of some of the amazing artifacts at this museum read it's Wikipedia page. The displays, especially on the ground floor, are excellently done and will fascinate both adults and children, fans of military history and their spouses ... The English descriptions are perhaps not always very clear, but it will teach you something about Turkish syntax... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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252 attraction reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
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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118 reviews 118 reviews
51 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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38 attraction reviews
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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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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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