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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

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Address: Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 520 7740
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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Near the Blue Mosque , Topkapi Palace.Very good choice after seeing some of other major sights. Great for rainy days.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Near the Blue Mosque , Topkapi Palace.Very good choice after seeing some of other major sights. Great for rainy days.

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not huge like the British museum but very well organized for the surrounding regions of istanbul from the bronze age onwards. there is a Troy section for those who did not have time to see the actual site. great place for history buffs.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There was a reno going on and seems the museum was quiet and not much to see... but there are good collection to stone arts and HUGE coffins.. very unique.. but not that impressive or i was too tired.?

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots and lots of statues and a huge jumble of dug up artifacts. Not well organised or explained so the only thing you'll get in comparison to, say, the British Museum, is a concentration on Turkey and Mesopotamia and some history of Istanbul. Parts are closed and the closures mean you get to the end of the narrow convoluted paths... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The archaeological museums must not be missed at any cost. Excellent treasures from history including bronze age, Greek, Egyptian,Roman, Byzantine Empires . An excellent collection all in one place

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum many not be a huge place as the ones in other countries, but it might surprise you to learn that there are lots of artifacts belonging to these lands which were taken to museums in countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom, which actually should be on display in this museum. There are lots of important artifacts... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are history/archeologist enthusiast or if you have the museum pass, this can be worth visiting. The museum presents the entire history of human civilisation, from my opinion. But if this place is not part of your itinerary in istanbul, no worries, you are not missing anything

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

do not miss to visit his museum .It coers millions years ,of wolrd history ,even Alexdander Great tomb is there .

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is so much to see at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum--but, the Museum of Archaeology, one of the three buildings, is undergoing renovations. There's still quite a bit to see in the Museum of the Ancient Orient and the Tiled Kiosk. There is a small cafe in the garden selling coffee, tea, pastries, etc.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are a lot of ancient artifacts from Babylon, Syria, Egypt and other very old countries and cities. I highly recommend it for everybody who are interested in history.

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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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