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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

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Address: Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 90 212 5207740
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of the...

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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Great building, a good collection

Another surprise in the historical peninsula of Istanbul. You can find a quite interesting archeologic collection there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Another surprise in the historical peninsula of Istanbul. You can find a quite interesting archeologic collection there.

Thank Özge Ö
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Thie may not be an activity for everyone but if you have the slightest interest in History, Archeology, Mythology and Civilizations, make the visit to the Archeological Museum a must. Everyone has a different Opinion but this is definitely one of the Top Archeological museums in the world, Definitely.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great and interesting museum with major attractions, but some part ist under reconstruction. I recommend to visit. Visiting fee costs 20 TL (entrance is free with Museum Pass). We recommend visiting the same day with a visit to Topkapi, because they are close to each other.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum is pretty big. While we were there, they were undergoing renovations so it was a little bit of a mess. But it was still amazing. The large amount of exhibits could easily eat up a couple of hours. Outside the museum, there are nice places to sit and sip tea. This was another museum that you could enter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Let me just say, if you like history, you can spent hours and days here. You will see over 1mln exhibits presenting different nations and countries (even Egyptian mummies). We have spent a full day there but I am sure we could spend several days more. You are allowed to take photos unlike many other museums, which is a great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not very big, but with some nice archeological objects from different eras and different peoples...Nice place if you like history.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum is absolutely ginormous. This museum is filled with fantastic relics from Turkish and middle eastern civilizations of the past. It is staggering the size and quality of these remains. But having said that, I don't feel like I walked away having learned something, despite having spent at least two hours there. If you are short on time, I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Museum is pretty big and museum lovers will like it most probably. We were there just because we had the pass. Ticket price is 45 Lira. But I would recommend mates to buy 85 Lira worth museum pass which can be used for 5 Days in many main palaces like Topkapi, Sophia Etc.. You don't need to stand in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing museum full of all those things you studied about in Art History and Archaeology classes. A must see. A bit hot inside and lots of "stuff" to look at. Wish there was a guide or videos and more information to break it up and put things into context. Still worth having a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

you should not miss the golden opportunity to visit this place while you are in istanbul. A place where you can experience the beauty of ancient history through the sculpture.

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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