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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 520 77 40
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This would have been a 3 star review if it was based on my first visit. Major renovations are in progress meaning that many of the most famous exhibitions ("Alexander's Tomb") are closed to the public, the information plaques are plagued with spelling errors and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is under renovation (like the blue mosque: hopefully it's free!) and you just can see one wing with 1/3 of the collections. So they charge you at max price (30ytl) and you can't see Alexander sarcophagus: don't go there 'til renew is done!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank remdef
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think this is one the best museums I’ve been, is between a big awesome area lots of museums, a little bit of wait but total worth it. Fee is not a lot and Different things to see inside and outside. I really enjoy learn...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A tremendous museum with an overwhelming range of artefacts. Istanbul Museum Pass holders can obtain discount in the small cafe. Well worth devoting a couple of hours wandering around.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank PaddyDiver
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can say two things: first, yes, there are restorations. But second, take ample time and do visit them. As with everything else in Istanbul, you must look for the details. You may take a general 10-second look at an exhibit and be ready to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CB12345
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although some part of the museum is under re-construction, it is worth to visit and discover. I think this visit should be best planned in the same visit of Topkapi palace because they are close and you may plan half day for both attractions. You...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 7 January 2019

In Istanbul be prepared often to meet the sign "restorasyon". Thus we this time missed the Alexander Sarcophagus, (main parts of) some fine mosques, the Topkapi Treasury,.. The three Archeological museums are anyway exhibiting a lot of fine specimens including Egyptian mummies.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 January 2019

this museum has a good reputation for having a world class collection but most of it has been put away while construction on a new facility is under way...what is there is a little underwhelming......and the whole area is messy and unappealing.....we got in with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Mathew M
Reviewed 1 January 2019 via mobile

The Istanbul Archaeological Museum is one of the best museums I have ever visited on all my journeys. When reading this text, please be aware of the fact that I was there last in February 2018, and inform yourself about what parts of the museum...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

Impressive area and pretty buildings but too much construction work underway, which made the place a bit messy. Exhibits were ok but they didn’t hit the same standards as those at the palace

Date of experience: December 2018
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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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sanaa j
23 August 2018|
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Response from Jaywing18 | Reviewed this property |
It is possible because they are all near each other but you would be very rushed and probably experience museum overload. Instead pick two. We really liked the Topkapi palace. The archeology museum was very interesting if... More
Serena D
29 January 2018|
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Response from RandyOK | Reviewed this property |
When I was there it was closed to earthquake-proof the building and other modifications. I don’t know when it is to re-open. Not sure who you can ask for better details. I had a knowledgeable guide that may know.
17 April 2017|
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Response from Metelesku2 | Reviewed this property |
No such a statue seen in Feb 2017 means eather hidden or in different place.
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