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“Good museum if you like archaeology” 3 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.
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“Good museum if you like archaeology”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I visited this museum with my 14 year old daughter, there were some aspects that she found interesting and others that she just wanted to go through very quickly. As it is not a very expensive entrance fee, I would say that it is worth a visit. We rented the headphones, which I found good to explain some of what we saw. I personally found some of the sarcophaguses very interesting.

Visited February 2014
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“Under restoration”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This museum ıs an excellent museum but due to restoratıon going on at the second floor
Many halls are closed to the visit and limited.

Visited April 2014
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“Impressive collections”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Museum is undergoing renovation but parts are still open. The Royal Necropolis exhibit of Sidon has some highly carved and beautifully preserved sarcophagi that I have ever seen, most looking in pristine condition considering they are 2500 + years old.

Visited March 2014
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“If you love dead things - visit here.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

If you love coffins, sarcophagi and dead things, this is a great place to go. The Alexander-type coffin is a must see. The history of this region is incredible and you could easily lose hours in here. Even better, its not totally packed with tourists which can be a welcome escape in that area.

Visited April 2014
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“It's amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The oldest-known love poem was written in Mesopotamia 4,000 years ago and can be found inscribed on a slab of stone in Istanbul’s Archaeological Museum. Istanbul’s Archaeological Museum was the first museum in Turkey but nevertheless ranks as one of the finest and largest in the world with over a million objects. It’s close to Topkapi Palace, on the way to Gulhane Park so very close to Sultanahmet and the other major sights of the city, and is well worth a visit on a day tour of Istanbul. The museum itself is in 3 parts, the main part is in a handsome neo-classical building which houses ancient statues galore from before the Romans, the exquisitely carved Alexander Sarcophagus which depicts the life and battles of Alexander the Great, the evocative Sarcophagus of the Crying Women, the Treasury, Library, coin collections and artefacts unearthed from excavations nearby that form an exhibition of Istanbul through the ages. It stands next door to the 500-year-old Tiled Kiosk which was a royal pavilion beautifully decorated with turquoise tiles and calligraphy, originally the emperors’ private hideaway a little way away from the main palace, and it exhibits ceramics.

Visited April 2014
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