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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

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Address: Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number:
+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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You can see and read alot about the rich history of Turkey. For sure a recommendation if your interested in more information about Turkey.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

This is good place for artifacts lovers but boring for children and teenagers. Good place to learn about ancient history of Istanbul.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

You can see and read alot about the rich history of Turkey. For sure a recommendation if your interested in more information about Turkey.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Entry was included with the museum card. The Istanbul Archaeology Museums consists of three museums in three separate building. The Archaeological Museum which is in the main building. Museum of the Ancient Orient and the Museum of Islamic Art. The museums contain over a million objects representing all eras and civilizations of world history. There is one section containing several... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Do buy museum card and visit this while in Istanbul. If compared with western ones like Toronto I have visited last it is somewhat lacking in sophistication and especially things for children to be involved but collection is large and very nice covering Istanbul and parts of Ottoman empire.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

As an archaelogist i have to say that the staff myseum dont value the richness they posses. Very disapointing how they oraganized their areas, not so informative. It needs a major inprovement!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

An excellent museum with lots of major artifacts of the civilizations that once lived on the soil of modern Turkey. While the persentation certainlly has room for improvement and the building needs enovations, the exhibits do not need to fear comparision with e. g. the British Museum or the German Pergamon Museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We had encountered rain/sleet/snow during our recent visit to Istanbul which put a crimp in our vacation but also steered us to spend more time indoors than we had planned. As a result, we lingered at the 3 buildings that comprise these museums and enjoyed every bit including the friendly cats that seemed to be everywhere. If I had a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

From exhibits covering ancient Egypt and Sumeria to Troy, Cyprus and more recent Anatolia- this collection of museums has the region covered and is sure to satisfy most peoples appetite for historical discovery. The section of Greek and Roman style tombs shows the passion for life that was common in those cultures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

This is one of the world's great archaeology museums -- one would expect nothing less in Istanbul -- and I can hardly add anything to the great reviews it has consistently received. And while the bigger, more spectacular exhibits get much of the praise, I am writing to call attention to a series of less conspicuous exhibits that were actually... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

I was very impressed by very reach collection that is gathered here! From mosaic, tiles, colorful pottery to incredible sarcophaguses, marble statues. Collection for it's worth reminded me very much Museum de Louvre. Definitely worth visiting . Allow yourself at least 3-4hours even if going fast.

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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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