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Istanbul Archaeological Museums
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Dublin, Ohio
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“manageable and interesting.”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

this museum has many interesting historic items. be sure to bring your own descriptions on your ipad or a travel book, as very little english is posted. the museum is well planned and maintained. you can get very close to displayed items, unlike in nyc. you can see the most important items in about two hours.

Visited March 2014
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“Holy cow! Only $5?!?!”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

One of the best museums we've ever seen, inside and outside. Lots of restoration going on but that didn't dampen our experience at all. Go early to beat the crowds.

Visited April 2014
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“A true historical journey ”
Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Although the main building is currently being renovated to protect it from seismic activity, the journey one takes through the history of Turkey and the region is beautifully laid out through marble, stone. pottery, tiles and other artefacts. it is true to say that if you're familiar with museums such as the British Museum, the lower ground area of the Louvre, or the Museum at Delos in Greece, then many archaeological elements will be familiar. However, where this museum excels is a focus on the lands that formed to become Turkey, including specifically the history of the 19th century discovery of Troy and all the many layers within the mound that was recognised as Troy, which has been in constant excavation until almost the present day.

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“Collection is amazing and space is getting better.”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

The collection in this museum is fantastic! So much history and so many great pieces. The sarcophagi and sculpture are stunning, and the collection from Troy is also very interesting. The space is being renovated and the ground floor looked very contemporary. The upper floors looked dated, but you could tell that in time it would be an amazing collection in a beautiful space. The Tile Pavilion and the Asian Exhibit were also good - I was especially excited to see the Kadesh Treaty.

Visited April 2014
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“get there early.”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

Not to be be missed. Spent well over 2 hrs there. The oldest peace treaty in the world is there (the treay between the Hittites and the Egyptian King Rameses the Great.) It is very small but so significant. We got there just after 09.00 and it was easy to get round , by the time we left there were long queues to get in

Visited March 2014
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