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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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great museum and easy to manage. the exhibits and treasures are great. a true gem to see

Reviewed July 15, 2012
James P
Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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38 reviews
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

great museum and easy to manage. the exhibits and treasures are great. a true gem to see

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Concord, CA
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Just a GREAT collection of items that are well preserved not bits and pieces of old ruins.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

This museum is actually a group of three museums in one ... the Archaeological Museum (which is packed with mostly Greek and Roman era discoveries), the Museum of the Ancient Orient (which contains similar ancient material from other Oriental cultures), and the Museum of Islamic Art (especially tiles, pottery and glassware) -- so you get a lot for your 10TL... More 

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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

There is so much to see at the archaeology museum that you are in danger of overloading on history. It is brilliant value for your entrance fee, and you should allow a few hours to go around it.

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Hong Kong
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Incredible collection, a bit too much to see in one session (unless you spend a day). Loved the first building on the left with very early pieces of text (incl. the oldest surviving peace treaty). Also, overkill of tombs, although some very beautiful ones.

Thank Jeroen S
New York City, New York
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

In a city that plowed over Constantinople, the fact that such great ruins weren't trashed is very unique.

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Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Wish we'd had more time here. It's full of one-of-a-kind original works of art and technology. If you're interested in Turkey's ancient history you won't want to miss this. And Alexander's Tomb is so intricate and skillfully made it's just spellbinding. Upstairs theres cuniform writing and early tools and a 10,000-year-old bronz cooking pot. We loved this place!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

make sure you have good comfortable walking shoes - so much to see. really fascinating place.

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Kingsville, TX
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

There are over a million individual pieces to see and it is a lot to see. Need more than one trip to take in everything, but well worth the time.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

A huge collection of ancient treasures, well displayed. I particularly liked the glazed frieze from the gates of Babylon and the Alexander Sarcophagus.Dislikes - nil (if you like history museums!)

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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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