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“Good way to spend an afternoon”

Military Museum (Asker Muzesi)
Ranked #60 of 1,103 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Went to this Military Museum on a lazy afternoon. The museum was not crowded at all and I felt so peaceful and unhurried. Most of the exhibits have English translation. The layout was in chronological order and did a good job of telling the history of Turkey from the military perspective.
I also liked the 3 arrows which indicated the length of tour you wish to have - short, medium or long tour. If you have plenty of time, follow the long tour if not, do the short. The Kemal Mustafa Ataturk classroom was interesting.
Unfortunately the Royal Mehter band was away for a week-long tour so I missed this unique experience.
Overall, it is a good museum but not as good as the Army Museum in Paris.

Thank Allkuans
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Very interesting place, much to see and unbelievably cheap. At the moment we visited it, there were only some guests, later some groups added. It is not only about weapons and wars, but also about history and how thing came to be as it is in Turkey.
If you want to use cameras and photocameras there, you'll have to pay extra and you can take pictures everywhere, but no flash near oil paintings. This was the only exception. But even then it was very cheap.

Thank Annika E
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Nice place, and of course huge space. Thera are several thousand exhibits from different periods of the existence of the Turkish State. There is a particularly interesting concert of the oldest military orchestra in the world at 3pm.

1  Thank cokaloka
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Wen there with my 11 year old son (who gives this museum 5 stars!). He loved it; endless collections of different types of swords, helmets, guns etc,but what he liked most was staged battles and important moments in the military history of Turkey (like the fall of Constantinople in 1453), where they have a stage with mannekins, props and surrounding painted walls, as well as battle noises. For adults there were interesting historical details (with the expected Turkish spin), and although I have no interest in military history and only came with my son I really liked it.

Thank Nagranni
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

This museum was one of my favorites. It's located near "Taksim" square in about 10 minutes walking inside "Cumhuriyet" street and its really big!
You can find almost everything from documents and pictures to cloths and weapons related to military concepts. some scenes from Ottomon wars, WW I, WW II, and many more.
Also, on weekends at 3-pm there is a military concert in the garden just in front of the main door which takes about 1 hour. It worth a visit.

As I mentioned in title, this museum is HUGE. So, at first for a complete visit just follow the respective lines on the floor and second, go there at least on 1-pm, in this case you will have 2 hours to visit the museum and on 3-pm you can attend the show.

Fees:
Museum: 5 TL
Camera: 10 TL (additional)
Show: Free


Tips:
- Do not forget to visit the Ataturk class room.
- The museum is HUGE and for me it took about 4 hours to visit all parts. so, if you are interested in these kind of museums just go earlier.
- The show will be performed in some days of each week. Ask before going.

2  Thank S14v45h
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