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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
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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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Good, though large parts closed for rennovation

The museum contains a large collection of items from throughout Istanbul's history. They host a large collection of sarcophagi, Roman and Egyptian pieces amongst many others. I... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum contains a large collection of items from throughout Istanbul's history. They host a large collection of sarcophagi, Roman and Egyptian pieces amongst many others. I could easily spend half a day here. Sadly Alexander the Great's sarcophagi was closed as part of the renovation. Highlights were Roman tombstones dedicated to a pet dog, and the inscriptions on some... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just happened to wander into it and really did not know what to expect but it is a step back into the history of the Near East and I was fascinated and could have spent several hours there. You can wander around the grounds and visit the cafe there amongst the Roman ruins.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The main part of Turkey is known as Anatolia. Formerly, in Biblical times, it was known as Asia Minor. Many civilisations have left their footprints in Anatolia,-- the Hittites, the Greeks, the Romans and more recently, the Turks. By 'recently' I mean a thousand years. This part of the world is where civilisation began. The Museums are fascinating, anyone with... More 

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Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum attracts only a fraction of the visitors which swarm nearby sights such as Aya Sofia and Topkapi Palace. This is a shame because it has an extraordinary collection of artefacts from all over the Middle East. Of particular interest is the Near Eastern section, which has gorgeous tiled panels from Babylon, impressive bas reliefs from Assyria, monumental statues... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A wonderful museum--- do not miss. I was blown away with the amount of displays which were there. I have been to museums all over the world and I enjoyed this one as much as any. Be sure and buy a museum pass which is good for most things that one wishes to see. Saves quite a bit of money.

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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My fiancé and I came to this museum since I wanted to see more about Turkey's history, and I must say that it was an amazing day! They have many things around but the part that I most loved was the area where they have the coins that were used by the Byzantines, Otomans, etc, I was impressed! If you... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

This is a beautifully curated and huge museum, really shouldn't be missed. The sarcophagi section is awesome, and the history of Istanbul section very good, too. Note that large parts of the museum are closed for renovation, but all of the main displays are still accessible, more or less through a building site in places.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Super museum if you are interested about statu from different periods of different empires. İt's easy to get Topkapı palace from there.

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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

This museum has a huge collection including exhibits from various ancient civilizations. This is a must-see attraction in Istanbul and be prepared to spend a couple of hours there. The only problem I can think of is that maybe there are way too many exhibits and as a result a) younger children might get bored after a while b) you... More 

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Fukaya, Japan
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

The museum has been under restoration but is worth visiting, because you can see many Iznik tiles and porcelains either. The Orient museum is great and the exhibitions of ancient Egypt is full of interests. There is a museum cafe in the garden. I recommend you should visit in the morning so you can see quietly. 午後は社会科見学の小中学生が多いので静かに見学したい場合は午前中に訪れることをおすすめします。

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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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