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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

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

Ok, so there's more than cats but the cats which inhabit the cafe garden at the museum delighted the kids. The tile kiosk here is the best way to see and understand the unique... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I went to the museum,part of it was under renovation still it was very interesting to walk around the museum and discover Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilization. The museum contains a huge number of beautiful and impressive status. there is cafe in the garden where you can rest between the different kinds of status and beautiful trees. I highly recommend... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, so there's more than cats but the cats which inhabit the cafe garden at the museum delighted the kids. The tile kiosk here is the best way to see and understand the unique style of Iznik and related tile art. The main building is under renovation.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was very surprised to find such an impressive and massive collection of artifacts. And I do mean massive, in size and quantity! Plan on spending a couple hours just wandering around. They had a very nice exhibit that displayed where in Istanbul the artifacts had been found. It really gives you a better understanding of what the city would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very nice museum , but some part are under maintenance now. however most of the part is still open for public.

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Iasi, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was nice, but it was a little bit boring. Too many stones and not so many explanations for them. The most interesting part was the grave stones and coffins made from sculptured stones.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of renovation going on. But still worth a visit. Maybe so encourage and hour at most here. Steep climb

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is nice and worth attending, but if youre avid archeology fan, dont expect anything special. Ancient Greek, ancient Anatolian civilizations, some stuff from Persia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are into history, and times that are considered ancient to those who live in the "very young" United States, this is not to be missed. I could have spent days going through this museum (renovation or no renovation, worth every moment you have there). The sarcophagus rooms were incredible; hard to believe those have survived that long that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place to visit. Keep an eye out for the cats running around outside. Magnificent exhibits. Needs a lot of time to make the most of this place. Recommend getting the headphone recording as the exhibits don't have great details about what they are.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very quiet place to stay for a day. Easy to reach and there are many historical and ancient materials and statues to see. You can easily stay all day long with your small children. Drink a coffee at the garden. Superb!

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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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