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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 520 77 40
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 520 77 40
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

A great collection of sarcophagi and grave markers. Roman mosaics, marbles and an excellent section on Istanbul over various periods. A must.

Thank arapuni
Reviewed 2 July 2013

This is a lovely collection of museums with some important pieces, nicely displayed. There is reasonably good printed commentary, and it places the objects and the region in good historic context. The collection is large, so if you're an enthusiast it would pay to do...More

Thank Deuterium38
Reviewed 1 July 2013

I enjoyed this museum, especially the sarcophagi and the exhibit on Troy. A lot of it is currently under construction, but there was still plenty to see even so.

1  Thank WBird66
Reviewed 1 July 2013

There are some very great pieces here. The star exhibit is that of Sidon, and the star of that is the incomparable Alexander Sarcophagus. They also have an incredible collection of grave stelae, some personalized in a loving or joking or you're-cursed-if-you-touch-this-grave way. The Istanbul...More

Thank LMarlowe
Reviewed 30 June 2013

you need a whole day here with an intelligent guide. a lot to here. our guide was an archeologist also so we couldn't get enough :)

Thank juan c
Reviewed 29 June 2013

This is a wonderful museum just a few minutes walk from the Hagia Sophia. The exhibits there give the visitor a very good perspective on the development of the Bosphorous region and include several priceless gems, such as the magnificent sarcophogi from the royal necropolis...More

Thank JJ_Orlando_FL
Reviewed 29 June 2013

Too many explanations on one hand, none on the other. The museum could be very interesting to learn about istanbul history but the informations are not well resumed. In many rooms, we had the impression of seeing a catalog of pottery. Of course it's not...More

Thank vp35
Reviewed 28 June 2013

Don't let the busy confusion of the Topkapi Palace and Aya Sofya cause you to miss this gem. We started in the sarcophagus rooms and I wish we'd begun our visit elsewhere. Sarcophagi are fascinating but a little goes along way and this museum has...More

Thank MEintheME
Reviewed 28 June 2013

It is easy to miss this jewel amongst all the other wonders Istanbul has to offer, but it's well worth the half day or more if you can manage it. This is comprised of 3 museums - the archaeological museum, the ancient orient museum and...More

2  Thank johnmani
Reviewed 27 June 2013

Don't miss the tile museum inside, and do your research as to what you want to see in the Orient collection, as it is hard to find things and get around as it is under construction. Don't miss the Ishtar gate!

Thank Cornhuski
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
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16 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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12 June 2015|
Response from مهدی ع |
some site is open some is under restoration