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“Fascinating!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Istanbul Archaeological Museums
Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
90 212 5207740
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Ranked #26 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of the world's largest museums with over one million works. Opened to the public in 1891, it houses a collection of Greek, Roman and Byzantine artifacts.
Beirut, Lebanon
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“Fascinating!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

If you like Archaeology, art or history, you will fall in love with this museum.

It's really interesting and fascinating!
It was a pleasure for me to discover the Necropolis of Sidon (knowing i am Lebanese), and the mummy of Phoenician King Tabnit.

Visited February 2014
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“Secret little gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This Archaeological museum is a little secret of a gem as nobody knows its there, not even some of the locals! It was built in the late 19th century to house the Sultan's archaeological treasures. Its a mini Lourve and British Museum put together yet it has artefacts in it that neither of them have. You will need at least 20 minutes to look and wonder at Alexander the Great's marble coffin. Look for also a little cracked earth tablet, one of two copies of the worlds first written peace treaty signed by Ramases II and the Hittaite King after the battle of Kadesh some 3500 years ago. This place is the best kept secret in old Istanbul if not Europe, whatever you do don't miss it.

Visited January 2014
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“First stop on your trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This museum is actually three: museum of ancient art, archaeology museum and museum of Islamic art.

We found it really fascinating, if not mind-blowing. If you know something about history you can just wander around, noticing unique pieces of archaeology such as blue friezes from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, clay tablets in Sumerian, a marble lion from the Mausoleum of Halicarnasass (one of Wonders of the World) and a snakes head from the Serpentine Column (in the old Hippodrome). These are just a few examples.

I also discovered so many new (to me) interesting artifacts such as the Treaty of Kadesh, Alexander Sarcophagus and the history of Istanbul. You should come here first to get a good understanding of the city and its origins. It has so much to see you should spend at least half a day there.

Visited February 2014
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“it was informative but a bit boring”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

it was really amazing and the way they categorized the place was nice but at some point it gets repetitive and boring....visit it if you have free time

Visited January 2014
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“Not to be missed when in Istanbul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We returned to Istanbul this year partly as we had missed this museum the year before on our trip to Turkey. While we were a little disappointed as some of the museum was under restoration, they had done a good job of keeping some of the best pieces accessible to the public. The three buildings that compromise the museum all house wonderful collections and help tell the long and prominent history of this great country. We also liked the grounds of the museum. These are adjacent to Topkapi and there is a lovely coffee shop where you can sit outside among some pieces of ancient temples and buildings and enjoy a tea or coffee and a bite to eat after visiting the extensive collections.

Visited July 2013
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