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Military Museum (Asker Muzesi)

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Address: Valikonagi Cad. | Harbiye, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 233 2720

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Excellent Military Museum

If you are interested in history and military objects, you shouldn't miss this museum, built in 1840 by the Armenian architect Garabet Balyan. You can trace the history of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Nesligul D
Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are interested in history and military objects, you shouldn't miss this museum, built in 1840 by the Armenian architect Garabet Balyan. You can trace the history of the Turks from the Huns and Seljuks to the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey following the Independence War. The famous Mehter Band gives concerts in the concert hall. Please check the... More 

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

This museum is deceptively large and contains an impressive collection of cutting weapons, armour and firearms, there are some excellent dioramas, no real modern section, you can take photos on a mobile but using a proper camera costs extra

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Was in Istanbul. Visited the Military Museum. Did not take any photos, but attached few my friend has taken with the military warplane, helicopter and tank outside the museum building . No photography permitted inside the exhibition hall. Admission fee applies. The exhibition showcasing the rise of the Ottoman empire. Their conquest of Constantinople (ancient Turkey) and they started to... More 

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

A large collection of weapons, uniforms and armory pertaining to Turkish history. There are sections exclusively dedicated to helmets, pistols, swords etc. Plus, there is some really impressive military art work depicting historic battles. The Mehter Band which plays daily at 1500 hours is also a joy to watch.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

What a historic collection of the countries past military achievements. It is full of weaponry, uniforms from an Australian interest they have a great display and film footage on the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign, I recommend anyone heading down to Gallipoli view this before departure to understand the Turkish side of the battle fought.

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Kusadasi, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

Military museum is very intresting to visit..Location and builing was awesome, we were lucky to see it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

This did not sound that interesting, but it was. Various exhibits trace the history of Turkey and its peoples through pivotal battles. The Mehter Band at 3pm was fascinating, not like any concert I have ever seen. Check out the hall on "the Armenian question"- it blames the Armenians for their own genocide.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

This museum is very large and has an extensive collection of weapons and armor to match the extensive history of the people of Turkey. The museum has many separate rooms dedicated to specific items such as helmets, pistols, swords and other weaponry. The art work depicting historic battles and the sultans and leaders of Historic Turkey is impressive. The Mehter... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016

We went to this place to attend my wife's dermatology Conference.. Outside the place there is one large garden like area is there which has ancient planes, cannons and Statue of one of Turkish Great person..Which was a good Photographic Opportunity..But as this place was governed by Military persons they were looking us closely..!!! But they were gentle enough to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

While doing a tour of Gallipoli the tour guide said make sure you go to Military Museum and we were so please we did. Items dating from WW1 onwards Ottoman Army uniform to canons and everything in-between the Mehter Band performs at 1500 - 1600 HR ( 3 pm to 4 pm). The band perform in Ottoman uniforms using traditional... More 

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