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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)

At Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:46, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 518 1805
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US$ 80.00*
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US$ 59.00*
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8 Hours Small Group Istanbul Tour
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The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum showcases Islamic calligraphy, tiles and rugs and recreates rooms or dwellings from Turkish cultures, particularly nomadic groups.
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  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
At Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:46, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 518 1805
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The collection is very nicely laid out into periods with detailed explanations. It only takes 90 minutes to explore, but every piece is interesting, if you like Islamic art. I learned a lot about the history of the region and the artifacts left behind. Many...More

Thank Victor P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was looking forward to this museum as a way of getting a deeper understanding of Islam through its art. The museum us really well made. The Sleepy guards working at the reception, who paid more attention to their mobile phones than to the visitors...More

Thank JacobHasle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum has rooms detailing all the different Ottoman dynasties and some artefacts from those dynasties which are mostly Qurans. There is also a large room with 14th to 16th century rugs and carpets. There is also a footprint of the prophet Muhammad. There is...More

Thank Rodman100
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not a history guy but this place was impressive. The place was Ibrahim Pasha palace and turned into a museum. There was the hair of the prophet Mohammed. A nice historical place to visit

Thank Amre M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

In many ways, the building itself (a fine example of Byzantine architecture) and the remains of one of the Hippodrome's spectators stands in the basement overshadow the artifacts on display. The exhibits are well-laid out and explained (in English as well as Turkish) but I...More

1  Thank JJHDerbyshire
Reviewed 27 April 2017

if you like historic and Islamic heritage,you must visit this museum.You can see a hair of Prophet Muhammad (peace and mercy of Allah be upon him),the rest you can see in Topkapi Palace.There is funny elevator available to go between floors,make sure nothing touches the...More

1  Thank Yuliya T
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

It is a great place to visit if you are interested in Islamic Art. A must see for Muslims as there is a large catalogue of precious Islamic treasures to see.

1  Thank Naeem K
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Turkey's museum has been around for almost 100 years and no doubt it was the world's premier islamic arts museum for most of that time. However, other muslim countries have gotten richer and done their own - Doha and Kuala Lumpur have standout ones that...More

1  Thank mrdom
Reviewed 25 March 2017

This is one of those museums where the building, a magnificent 16th century stone building, threatens to steal the limelight from the collection. With its stone buttresses and beautifully patterned arches and walls, this is a fine early example of Ottoman architecture in Istanbul. However,...More

3  Thank Raymond W
Reviewed 21 March 2017

This museum is highly recommended if you are ineterested in seeing beautitiful islamic arts and carpets. The exhibitions of mother of pearls are breathtaking. The exhibitions of Seljuk era are also wonderful. Not so crowded if you visit here in the morning. the museum shop...More

2  Thank ワンケディ
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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do the maintenance works still running? if so, which parts of the museum still closed for visit?
19 February 2017|
Response from Mert U | Reviewed this property |
I checked the website and there is no information about maintenance now. I guess it should be completely open to visit. But better to email them !
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'-Deshinta D
Can we take picture inside?
31 July 2016|
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Response from Abdul A | Reviewed this property |
Yes pictures but no vid cam
Maryam A
How many hours does the museum need?
22 March 2016|
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Response from ThegilaniAK | Reviewed this property |
I was there for just over two hours. It was not crowded at all, but the manuscripts and articles from various ruling dynasties were fascinating to my wife and I.We relaxed and got drinks from the cafe at the second floor... More