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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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If you are looking to discover the the artefacts in this museum, better return at a later date. The main museum is now being renovated and, unfortunately, as happens too often here, there is no information to be found on that. There are a few...More
Warning: We visited here after a recommendation. There’s lots of artifacts but unless you’re an expert you will learn very little about them without an audio guide. You CANNOT get an audio guide without handing over your passport. As we didn’t have our passport they...More
Museums deserve our patronage and support and I want to rate these museums as highly as I can but...
The main museum clearly has lots of fabulous treasures and yet has suffered very badly from under funding. The buildings are (much like many of istanbul's...More
The Museum has an impressive collection. Most artefacts have descriptions in English.
There is a good Mesopotamia section - with blue tile sections from the Ishtar Gate, a gallery about Troy, a gallery on archaeology in Istanbul and a collection of carved sarcophagi.
Spent a few hours here out of the rain. The main building has a fabulous 60s-70s looking interior, cabinets. A great space. 3 buildings to walk round in total. Don’t bother having lunch here, small cafe. Lots of school kids when we where there.
Fascinating collection of well presented artefacts. Parts of the museum are incredibly dated and will benefit once the work that is currently underway is completed. Has great potential but needs modernising to appeal to and engage a wider audience.
If you are interested in history and the history of the Istanbul and Turkey in general then this museum is definitely a must visit. However, some of the artifacts are outside in the grounds where they are exposed to the weather. Still, a great collection...More
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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It is possible because they are all near each other but you would be very rushed and probably experience museum overload. Instead pick two. We really liked the Topkapi palace. The archeology museum was very interesting if... More
It is possible because they are all near each other but you would be very rushed and probably experience museum overload. Instead pick two. We really liked the Topkapi palace. The archeology museum was very interesting if you would like to understand ancient history of Turkey.
When I was there it was closed to earthquake-proof the building and other modifications. I don’t know when it is to re-open. Not sure who you can ask for better details. I had a knowledgeable guide that may know.