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

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Address: At Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:46, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 518 1805
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum showcases Islamic calligraphy, tiles...

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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We accidentally stumbled on this museum (and armed with the museum pass) and it is a real gem of a small museum. If you know nothing about the history of Islam, like us you should... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 July 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

We accidentally stumbled on this museum (and armed with the museum pass) and it is a real gem of a small museum. If you know nothing about the history of Islam, like us you should find this really interesting. And if you love Turkish rugs, the ones dating back to the 11th/12th century are amazing.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

The Turkish and Islamic Art Museum is right by the Blue Mosque in Sultanhemet Square. Gorgeous manuscripts, carpets, items once belonging to the Prophet, and interesting historical objects. We saw everything in about 90 minutes--you don't need tons of time. This museum has many very beautiful things and it so easy to get to! The museum is closed on Mondays.... More 

Thank HMKaren
Emsworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

Located in an historic building the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is a must. It is included in the "Museumkart" which is an excellent value admission card to many of the main museums of Istanbul. It is situated on the NW side of the Hippodrome, opposite the Blue Mosque. Signage and display are very good.

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Nyack, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

This was a great little museum. Many carpets and Korans on display. It's also a great place to get a break from the Sultanahmet bustle without actually having to leave the area. Aside from the collection, the building itself was an interesting place to walk around. The many small rooms and halls made parts of the collection a little awkward... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

This museum has all the same things you see at the Topkapi Museum. The advantage at this museum is the lack of crowds. You can move around without bumping into anyone and you can take your time examining exhibits. If you buy the 5 day museum pass, this museum is included. It is located opposite the entrance to the Blue... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

First of all, if you need a break from the craziness of Sultanahmet, this is the place to be! The building is beautiful and quiet, with a nice view and a relaxing atmosphere. That being said, the collection is not really 'art'. Most of the exhibits are copies of the Quran, which are beautiful and nice to see, but you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

My Tour Guide Hilmi Calis is a very well educated researcher on Turkish Islamic History so when he told us that we have some spare time at Sultanahmet and must visit this Museum little did I know that i will be introduced to the Rich Culture and Heritage of Turkey.The Ibrahim Pasha Palace is a sight to behold with. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

We were taken aback by the displays and setting of the collection in this museum. It's a two hour visit, and the arts and history represented is encompassing. This was one of our favorites.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Beautiful, well maintained museum that houses many old sacred Islamic documents. The calligraphy was beautiful. The museum also features some very old carpets that can be viewed very close to see the weaving. Amazing There is a small selection of recently woven kilims in both modern and traditional designs that are authentic, very good quality for the price and attractive.There... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

This is interesting place, lots of manuscripts, holy relics and the like. I am always amazed at collections with incredible age. However, much is in extremely low light for purposes of preservation, I assume. I understand the reasoning, but it doesn't make it any easier to see. Much of the collection would be of interest to students and scholars, for... More 

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