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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 520 77 40
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 520 77 40
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

After visiting too many mosques and churches, the museum was a breath of fresh air. Very impressive statuary, tiles, sarcophagi, and more. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

having a great interest in ancient civilisations and archaeology, i found this museum facinating. There are several parts to it, and the carving on some of the ancient sarcophogi was incredible workmanship.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Make a day of a trip to Gulhane Park to visit the Topkapi Palace, but save some energy for this exquisite museum. This is a must for anyone remotely curious about the history of Troy, it's location in Turkey and the various finds that were...More

Thank Cookie187
Reviewed April 8, 2013

It is absolutely THE most important sight in Istambul. The most amazing part, for me, are the Greek/Hellenistic/Roman/Byzantian collections, covering about 2000 years of continuous uninterrupted development, where you can see direct transition from the archaic/classical Greek style to Italian Renaissance. The Royal Necropolis of...More

Thank Arminii
Reviewed April 8, 2013

It does have an amazing collection, but would benefit from some culling and more information about some key items. The audio guide was not particularly informative. Be warned - the place is swarming with school groups - might be better to go on a weekend...

Thank JulietBeijing
Reviewed April 7, 2013

I was amazed by the collection and exhibition thi museum offers. We went to the museum in the afternoom and unfortunately did not have enough time to see it entirely. Among the great collections are the Head of Alexander The Great, Alexander Sarcophagus, the first...More

Thank crm79
Reviewed April 7, 2013

An old-fashioned museum - one which hasn't gone tabloid or assumed that the average visitor has a mental age of six or the concentration span of a goldfish. Stunning artefacts inside, lots of others lying about outside. Detailed descriptions, courteous security staff. Well worth half...More

Thank frank_kirwan
Reviewed April 7, 2013

It contains many superb things: Egyptian mummies, Babilonian remains, very good roman tombs,... We enjoyed it very much

Thank JuanAntonio55
Reviewed April 4, 2013

There are some artifacts that are interesting, particularly those from Mesopotamia. Worth it if you purchased the Istanbul Museum Pass, otherwise don't feel bad passing this attraction by, particularly if you have seen similar artifacts in Paris, London, or New York (etc.).

Thank megd80
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Archeolgial Museum next to Topkapı Palace is one of he best museums in Europe. The well designed not overloaded. The statues are well rxamplrs. Coin collections must be seen. Unfortunately some of the sections in the museum are closed for restoration during 2013.

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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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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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June 12, 2015|
Response from مهدی ع |
some site is open some is under restoration