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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 520 77 40
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If theres one museum you want to see, it's this one. The artefacts here will leave you awe struck even if you're not that big of a history buff.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ali S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank GlobetrotterJSH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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. However major...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In case you like archaeological stuff this is the place for you. You find many findings from the roman, arab and ottoman empires.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Filipe F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jacksonsinbrighton
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank anniecrodge
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Under renovation but stil Plenty of ancient Stuff to see from all around the Middle east. Ottoman ceramics Museum is also A must see.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank mfturan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
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sanaa j
August 22, 2018|
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Response from Jaywing18 | Reviewed this property |
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
Serena D
January 29, 2018|
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Response from RandyOK | Reviewed this property |
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.
April 16, 2017|
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Response from Metelesku2 | Reviewed this property |
No such a statue seen in Feb 2017 means eather hidden or in different place.
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