Museums in Istanbul

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Museums in Istanbul

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  • Mitra Panahi
    North York, Canada23 contributions
    Magnificent architecture specially the harem.
    If you want to see the whole palace and harem you should know it will take more than two hours if your time.
    Written August 11, 2022
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  • G n N
    25 contributions
    Yes, there is an elevator that goes up the 7-9 flights of stairs, but you can walk back down and see the history of the tower and the city on the way back down. Cheap tickets and a nice tourist spot to visit. Get your selfie at the top out on the balcony.
    Written August 10, 2022
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  • khundiilek
    Bangkok, Thailand105 contributions
    Without a doubt, the best museum I've been to. If you're into technology and the history of cars, boats, planes and trains, this is a must see. Near endless collection all in excellent condition.
    Written June 15, 2022
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  • Ani M
    3 contributions
    Amazing place, unique spirit.... Was fascinated by the wall masterpieces kept in the years. Hope all those great paintings will be saved for the next generations.
    Written December 11, 2020
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  • kaano
    Istanbul, Turkey23 contributions
    A must see, but be careful, NOT open everyday ! Usually open from Friday to Sunday, better call and check with the museum.
    Written August 2, 2021
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  • sheen
    3 contributions
    The view was amazing . We thought we couldn’t have made it as google said it would close at 5:30pm. But the closure time was 6:30pm. Definitely worth a visit, away from the hustle and bustle of the city
    Written May 3, 2022
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  • Departure47553009125
    1 contribution
    Beautiful!! This is my favorite place and I would come again. I love the different calligraphy from different periods and it is amazing that it’s all hand written with the writing tools that you can see example of there. I love the feeling of seeing the prophet’s hair and footstep. There are also pieces of the kaba clothes with its gold threads and beautiful artistic carpet. This place is highly recommended if you are interested in seeing Islamic and Turkish history.
    Written August 4, 2022
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  • Karlamelia
    20 contributions
    I haven’t read the book, my mom did and she wanted to visit the museum. I was so impressed by how the author created a whole “real” world at the same time he created the book one. Everything, every piece and even the building has a story to tell. I don’t think you have to have read the book to enjoy it, the audio is super helpful and even as a standalone place is worthy. Be ready to be immersed in 70’s Istanbul, it really is a trip dowm memory lane.
    Written July 13, 2022
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  • Jip79
    Doha, Qatar495 contributions
    This is my second visit, which was better because there was a live performance of the Mehter military band. The museum itself is rather large with lots of exhibits from the early Ottoman period up to Korean war. The best part of our visit was the Mehter playing in a theater at the far end of the museum. The show started with a short video, and then the whole wall with the screen was opened with the Mehter band marching in from outside. Definitely worth a visit for a very small entrance fee of TRY25.
    Written July 21, 2022
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  • Andy
    Glasgow, UK51 contributions
    Not prominent in guidebooks but one of my favourite museums in Istanbul. It is in a former prince's palace in beautiful gardens with magnificent views over the Bosporous. The museum is attached to the Sakıp Sabancı University.

    There are three levels for temporary exhibitions and one level preserved in the state of the original Ottoman palace. When I was there, there was an exhibition of work by David Hockey, touring from the Royal Academy in London, an exhibition of work by an Ottoman Prince and last Caliph of Turkey, and a fascinating exhibition of Ottoman-period calligraphy.

    The restaurant is run by the university catering students and serves the best food I had in three months Istanbul. They also serve cocktails including gin and tonic made to your own specification: type of gin, type of tonic and type of garnish (find the menu on line).

    Get there by taking a ferry to Ermirğan. It is a short walk from the quay and adjacent to Ermirğan park.
    Written June 19, 2022
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  • tasty lebanon
    Baabdat, Lebanon37 contributions
    This place was amazing, I loved their concept.
    It was my first visit to madame tussauds and it went really good!
    Written March 26, 2020
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  • phillipa6
    Edenderry, Ireland89 contributions
    Having been to istanbul a few times i wanted to do something not on the main tourist map. I had a bit of a problem finding the museum but i think that was my sense of direction as its very near the train station. I think this is perhaps more for adults who will love the memories it stirs, that said there was a group of school children there at my visit and going by the chatter i think there were really enjoying it!perhaps it baffled them as to the toys of old. There is a wide variety of toys to see and well worth the visit.
    Written March 23, 2022
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  • Selden D
    Dahlonega, GA61 contributions
    Considering its location just off Istiklal Caddesi, the Galata Mevlevi Museum is surprisingly uncrowded. Exhibits are informative, and there is a great deal of interesting calligraphy inside. Outside, the Hamuşan, or quiet place cemetery is just that — a quiet refuge in a bustling neighborhood. Of special note are the marked grave of Ibrahim Müteferrika, who started the first Arabic-script printing press in Istanbul, and the almost unmarked grave of the 19th century female poet Leylâ Hanım. At the base of the grave is a small, almost unreadable plaque that says "Şair Leyla Hanım." If you can read Arabic script, "Leylâ Hanım" can be read at the end of the first line at the top of her headstone.
    Written June 7, 2022
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  • Delara_Wahid
    Baku, Azerbaijan5 contributions
    Worth visiting. We ended there by chance and we enjoyed it. Entrance fees 15 lira and 5 lira for the headset that will translate and guide you through the battle of Istanbul conquering by AlFatih Mohammet. Amazing sounds and display of battle.
    Written December 29, 2019
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  • Guven D
    112 contributions
    Another very nice museum in the Istiklal Street.

    This museum is ina historical building with a nice coffee shop in it.

    When you have a lot of time, then visit this nice museum.
    Written July 7, 2022
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