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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

Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of the...

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B/c it's so close to Topkapi Palace, they have put up a sign saying: "This is not Topkapi Palace" :))) One wing of the museum was under renovation, but two are buildings were... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2013
Bucharest, Romania
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

B/c it's so close to Topkapi Palace, they have put up a sign saying: "This is not Topkapi Palace" :))) One wing of the museum was under renovation, but two are buildings were open. They have an impressive collection of artifacts. Do not expect to see gems or jewlery, but there are a great deal of statues and sarcophagi that... More 

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Reviewed 3 June 2013

This place is overflowing with "old stuff!" To get to the cafe, you literally have to climb over Roman ruins! Oh, but don't bother with the cafe, tea bags and bad sandwiches, too many beautiful places to eat out on the street to bother unless you are desperate for a cuppa!

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

Relatively small for a main Turkish archeological museum, but with no lines and the fastest way to buy the Istanbul card. There are some very nice pieces inside, even though many artefacts are in Berlin or London.

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Pune, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2013

Excellent well preserved & displayed history. If you are history lover you need to plan for atleast 3-4 hrs.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

I'm not much of a museum buff and usually avoid them so I went along reluctantly with friends. But I was won over - this place was great. If you like old sculptures, sarcophagi and beautiful tiles amongst other fabulous treasures of the ancient world then this is the place for you. I really enjoyed it.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

This was highly recommended to us and lived up to the hype. Next to the Topkapi Palace, but with no lines, the architectural museum had a very impressive array of exhibits covering thousands years of history over an area that covers much of human's earliest recorded history. You could easily spend days or weeks here, but the afternoon we spent... More 

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Melksham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

Make sure you book a whole day to visit this place! Loads to look at and admire. Only small Cafe on site. Archaological work on going on site, so may be more to see as it develops!

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

The pieces all have good listed information and are accessible to within inches. The outdoor pieces are easy to walk around. The organization of the pieces is also thoughtful

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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

This place has some of the more unique artifacts in the world from the tomb of Alexander the Great (reconstructed) to the even more valuable exhibits of Summerian cuneiform writing from 4000 years ago, including copy of the Code of Hammurabi. Fantastic collection of Hittite and Asyrian objects that cannot be found anywhere else.

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Reviewed 30 May 2013

You could spend a year, maybe more! studying all the artifacts but being realistic, you probably will have had enough after 2 hrs because it is overwhelming. I suggest starting at the "Orient" - but keep to 30 min. You get to see some pretty wonderous reliefs and kids will be really grossed out by the mummies! Head to the... More 

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