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Military Museum (Asker Muzesi)

Valikonagi Cad. | Harbiye, Istanbul, Turkey
0212 233 2720
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Ranked #45 of 641 attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums
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Cleveland, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

We spent a great afternoon at the Military Museum in Istanbul. It's relatively easy to reach, located on a major street just north of Taksim Square (we took a cab from our hotel in Beşiktaş), and is inexpensive: students are free, adults pay TL 6. The museum occupies the large building that used to house Turkey's Military Academy, and displays... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The best part about this museum was definitely the military band performance. The military band dates back at least 500 years, and played a role in the battle of Istanbul where the Turks used loud music to scare away opponents. Witnessing the Mehter band was like stepping back in time. For an international tourist like myself, I find myself indulged... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Military history is a big part of most civilizations and especially for the Ottomans. This is an excellent museum with a very comprehensive collection. There are also some beautiful exhibits done in a similar style to the Panorama 1453 museum. The highlight for me was the concert by the military marching band, the oldest marching band in the world, still... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

A fascinating huge collection of military memorabilia. Who was strong enough to wield those huge swords...and an amazing collection of guns of all types from across the world that you not believe ever actually worked!! Brilliant well worth a visit if you have time after the queues at the main attractions.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The museum complex (it's huge) is in the Harbiye district, which is only about a 10 minute walk from Taksim Square. If you want to enjoy both the museum and the Mehter band performance, we suggest allowing half a day, we didn't allow enough time to tour the museum (stunning array of Ottoman armies, Janissaries, and modern military) as completely... More

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Hsinchu County, Taiwan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

The Military Museum is where you can enjoy the Mehter performance! As the world's oldest military band, Mehter is played here through Wed to Sun each afternoon. Starting at 3pm, the video gives some interesting history and background of the military band. Then, the band comes in to give great performance. I have to admit that all songs sound pretty... More

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Denver, Colorado
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

With LOADS of historical artifacts from around the globe, this museum tells the history of Turkey, and so much more! For history buffs, this is a must-see! We really enjoyed it, and learned a lot. Be sure to try to catch one of their live-music Turkish-military band performances!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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74 reviews 74 reviews
48 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This Museum is located in Harbiye (10-12 mins. walk to Taksim Square.) Inside the museum you can find conventional weapons, (machine guns, artillery etc.) animations related to the conquest of Istanbul and Gallipoli Campaign in WW I (1915), traditional musical instruments of Ottomans (big drums are very exciting), traditional service uniforms of Ottoman Empire & Turkish Republic. Portraits, sculptures and... More

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78 reviews 78 reviews
38 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This is a 1960s museum experience. Extensive collection of arms and equipment but the displays need to be updated. The "Armenian" room I found particularly offensive in which the Armenian self-defense militias are described as terrorists and standard denials of a holocaust are repeated. Interesting historically inaccurate Gallipoli/Canakkale painting is located in a dedicated room. Best event was hearing the... More

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Diamond Bar, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
54 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

This little-known site is wonderful for getting a large and detailed overview of the history of Constantinople and Turkey. In the afternoon, there is a concert with musicians in the uniforms from the Ottoman Empire. Beautiful murals. Loved seeing the chain used to block the straits during the conquest of Constantinople.

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