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Military Museum (Asker Muzesi)

Address: Valikonagi Cad. | Harbiye, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 0212 233 2720
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Ranked #45 of 662 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums, Museums
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Type: Military Museums, Museums

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The Military Museum in Istanbul is well worth a visit. Not expensive and a vast exhibition of the history of Turkey the Ottoman empire and a chance to see a of the history of Europe from another point of view instead of in our case the U.K. It takes you through from ancient time up to the present and has... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This museum is comparable in quality to the Imperial War Museum in London. We spent three hours there. It's a fascinating insight into military history from an official Turkish POV. When we visited, there was an exhibition on the Turkish role in WWI and there's a large section showing the tactics and lifestyles of Asian horse archers. As well as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We had a great time at the military museum, it was very interesting, we enjoyed the downstairs of the museum best, they have amazing displays all around the museum. It's so cheap to get in and the gift shop. Well worth a visit!

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Perth, Western Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

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

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
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
253 helpful votes 253 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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46 helpful votes 46 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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35 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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