Askerî Müze ve Kültür Sitesi Komutanlığı

Askerî Müze ve Kültür Sitesi Komutanlığı

Askerî Müze ve Kültür Sitesi Komutanlığı
4.5
The area
Neighborhood: Sisli
For much of Istanbul’s history, Sisli and the area just north of Taksim Square were open countryside used mostly as hunting grounds. These days, Sisli and its chic streets are considered the very heart of contemporary Istanbuli life, where an epicenter of fashion and a thriving business district meet to create an expressly “downtown” feel. Though largely a residential neighborhood, luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants, and upscale shops abound with many of them situated inside or nearby Cevahir Istanbul, the biggest shopping mall in Europe and second biggest urban shopping mall in the world. Shopaholics and fashionistas travel from near and far to browse the area's mix of major global brand items and creations by popular Turkish designers.
How to get there
  • Osmanbey • 8 min walk
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Dmitry S
Tallinn, Estonia348 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Charge crazy 200 lira (10 eur) for the military museum which are always empty and in most countries are either free of charge or very cheap.
But, that's not all!
I paid 400 lira for 2 tickets and already inside found that most interesting 50% of exhibition about the WWI and the War for independence is closed.
Not recommend, modern paintings and European swords and armor you can see in other museums
Written March 14, 2023
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sugerglider
London, UK292 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Room after room full of swords and guns wears after a while. Lack of English translations spoils many displays. The rooms on Gallipoli and the 1453 conquest of Constantinople were a bit disappointing, they could have told the stories so much better. There is a nationalistic feel about many displays - obviously targeted at the domestic audience. The 3pm concert was interesting and the museum seemed to close shortly after that. Take photos of the 2 floor plans as you will get lost! Staff don't speak much English. Don't miss the 15c bronze cannon (with granite cannonball!) outside.
Written May 22, 2022
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Diana B
Iasi, Romania1,721 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The Military Museum in Istanbul is worth visiting. There are many war objects displayed, from weapons of all kind to tents and to protective covers. Also, every afternoon there is a concert played by the Janissary Band "Mehter Takımı", world’s oldest military band, dressed in traditional uniforms. The Ottomans were the first to use musicians in military campaigns. The tickets are not expensive.
Written March 2, 2022
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hannah a
Sheffield, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
It may be a tad out of the way but if you have any interest in military history, this is a must visit museum. The size and variation of the collection is very impressive and the military band at 3pm was incredible. We arrived at 12 noon and had plenty of time to see everything before the band.
Written May 4, 2022
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JCW703
Jerusalem District, Israel2,884 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
A very in depth museum of Turkish military history. This facility contains everything from swords and spears to canon and machine guns. A primer on Turkish history would be helpful to put all of the conflicts in context.
Written May 1, 2023
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SNR79
Baku, Azerbaijan192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011
My family and I, we visited Military Museum in Istanbul. It's quite interesting place telling about most interesting events of Osman empire and Turkey military history starting from ancient turks movement to Europe till modern history.
There is an open air part of it, where you can see many examples of Turkish army artillery including the famous cannon that protected the access to Bosporus at the beginning of 20th century.
Would advise to visit this interesting plase
Written September 12, 2011
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Debbie I
United States144 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
This is a 1960s museum experience. Extensive collection of arms and equipment but the displays need to be updated. The "Armenian" room I found particularly offensive in which the Armenian self-defense militias are described as terrorists and standard denials of a holocaust are repeated. Interesting historically inaccurate Gallipoli/Canakkale painting is located in a dedicated room.

Best event was hearing the "Mehter" concert - well worth it but very nationalistic.

Suggest a visit but not as good as the naval museum.
Written December 26, 2013
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sufue
sunny Southern California20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Family
My husband and son are totally completely in love with military museums, so I've gotten to be a bit of a "outsider's" connoisseur. I'm not into the ones that just show rows and rows of weapons, or suits of armor, or banners, but do very much like the ones which provide a lot of history along with the exhibits. This one does the job very nicely - it has some of the rows and rows of "stuff", but also has many rooms with exhibits telling the history of the many wars that Turkey (and its predecessor nations/empires) has been involved in. And, sitting at the crossroads of Europe and Asia as Turkey does - there have been lot of wars!

I especially liked being able to see the chain used to block off the Golden Horn, and since I had read a history of the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the diorama and exhibits about that were particularly interesting.

The museum is a bit off the normal tourist path, but not too hard to get to. I recommend it if you like either history or the military.
Written February 6, 2013
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Gary S
London, UK4,018 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
We stumbled over this Museum after going the bank across the way...I wanted to see the Exhibit on the PEACE DISPLAY (temporary exhibit) on Cyprus in 1974 etc, and we took the opportunity to see all the Museum.
Amazing collection of armoury, and WW1 weaponary. I have never seen so many WW1 era machine guys etc also.

Good armour and pre history and if you like swords, this is the place for you.
Written September 8, 2015
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Vivienne R
London, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
This museum is comparable in quality to the Imperial War Museum in London. We spent three hours there. It's a fascinating insight into military history from an official Turkish POV. When we visited, there was an exhibition on the Turkish role in WWI and there's a large section showing the tactics and lifestyles of Asian horse archers.

As well as the Turkish equipment, there's a vast historical collection of guns, helmets, archery equipment, saddles, and military musical instruments from all over the world. I particularly enjoyed the Syrian camel saddles and camel armour. There are also large paintings showing historical battles fought by the Turks and military uniforms.

If you're remotely interested in Turkish culture and history - or are interested in warfare - this is a great visit. The military band was also fun to watch, although possibly better for children (the school kids visiting were having a whale of a time drumming along).

The politics of the museum are unashamably martial and nationalist and, if you find that offensive, you may wish to steer clear. We found it interesting rather than troubling.
Written December 25, 2014
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