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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

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Address: Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 520 7740
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of the...

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.

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Three great museums at a great price

The price was just 10 TL, or around $5.50 us to visit this wonderful collection of museums. One featured Asian antiquities, one was the museum of Islamic Art (in an Ottoman tile... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 May 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

The price was just 10 TL, or around $5.50 us to visit this wonderful collection of museums. One featured Asian antiquities, one was the museum of Islamic Art (in an Ottoman tile house), and the third had, among other things, the famous "Alexander Sarcophagus," said to be made for Alexander the great. My favorite floor was one that contained countless... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

Amongst much that is second-rate, there are some masterpieces of Greco-Roman sculpture that are well worth seeing. The stunning series of sarcophagi are particularly wonderful - especially the one called the Alexander Sarcophagus (though it was not that of Alexander the Great). The separate, Tile Pavilion contains some wonderful examples of Isnik ceramics, and there is a nice little cafe... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

The attractions of this area of Istanbul get very crowded but somehow the Archaeology Museum remains calmer, a welcome relief in the swirling hubbub around. And when you are inside the three buildings display remarkable treasures collected not only from Turkey but throughout the Middle East. I was especially impressed by the section on the archaeology of Istanbul including the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

Was not sure what to expect but it was great. I am not that into museums but this was great. Spend a good 4 hours (took it easy) going through this. A section was closed too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

a huge museum with several buildings containing more than one million ancient works.we visit twice in different trips.the first building first floor you can find the unique works.don't miss it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

Three buildings and thousands of artifacts! The first floor of the main building was a treasure trove. Beautifully displayed, well described and lit. Upper floors tended to house lesser items and it looked like there wasn't much organization or upkeep. The crowds are much less here so it's easy to spend more time looking.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

Actually several different bldgs, with the tiles just exquisite. Another bldg (1st flr) had sarcophaguses from Egypt beautifully displayed and lighted. 2nd flr had interesting objects, but badly presented, old fashioned glass cabinets, with labels, endless. No artistry. 3rd flr had interesting video and objects about excavation of Troy. Skip the 2nd flr.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

Large museum with 3 buildings full of ancient and modern historical tidbits, no crowds, very reasonably priced, and easily a 2+ hour venture. After Topkapi, head here for more history, but in a completely different package. AMAZING! I'm a history nerd, my friend is not, we both enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

I've been in a lot of museums, but none like this one. A painting of Istanbul as it looked when it was a walled city was incredible, along with a piece of the massive chain that went across the harbor, preventing invaders from coming in by sea for centuries. Egyptian sarcophogi, I had no idea how massive these "coffins" were.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

The museum artifacts are extremely well displayed in three buildings. Even though some of it is under renovation the artifacts you will see are very impressive. The displays trace Sumerian, Babylonian and Mesopotamian history and include panels from Babylon's Ishtar Gate. The crowds of Topkapi definitely do not venture down to the museum.

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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 retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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