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Military Museum (Asker Muzesi)

Valikonagi Cad. | Harbiye, Istanbul, Turkey
0212 233 2720
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Ranked #44 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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64 reviews 64 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This museum is a little way out of town, from Taksim Square head for Cumhuriyet Caddesi, along the left hand side of the park at the top of the square with Istiklal Caddesi behind you. It is about a 20 min walk, look for the building with all the aerials on and cross the road ahead of that, you will... More

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Only the second visit in 24 years; last visit to Istanbul it was closed (Monday-Tuesday). Did it live up to my expectations? Yes and more! The last visit I was concentrating on work; photographing Ottoman tents for my work so I missed the jewels that are inside the rest of the museum. Although only a small number of objects are... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

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
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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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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
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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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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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