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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...

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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Stunning collection

Collection of antiquities that surpass many of the major museums in other cities. Not the best curation however, the collection makes up for this. Soak yourself in history. I... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2013
Pune, India
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Pune, India
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2013

Collection of antiquities that surpass many of the major museums in other cities. Not the best curation however, the collection makes up for this. Soak yourself in history. I recommend the audio guide which is not expensive.

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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

I was blown away by this museum. Walking through marveling at the seemingly unending collection of ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Levantine is an excellent reminder of the breadth and influence of the Ottoman empire over the 300 years in which it held sway over lands around the Mediterranean: from just outside Vienna all the way to Fez, Morocco. There's plenty... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2013

Left this one to last expecting just piles of old junk like museums in most citys, but so wrong. Anything that is only A.D. could well find its way out in the garden, all the best B.C. pieces filling the inside. Lots of English translations, and for those that have data access you can download information on the pieces with... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2013

We initially planned to spend a couple hours, but ended up spending 4 and enjoying it immensely. Unlike other sites, this one was remarkably tourist-free. A few exhibits were closed, but we understood that this happens as they continue a large renovation. Tip: this is a good museum to visit first and purchase your 72 hour Museum Pass which lets... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2013

it was amazing especially Istanbul history part and my favorit was coffin of Alexander the great and lots of historical object from bizense

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Vihti, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2013

The museum displays a huge amount of history - incredibly concentrated in such a small forever-civilized area. We recommend the 3-day museum card to visit all the main attractions.

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Vermont, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2013

On our second trip to Istanbul we made the time to visit the museum, we were not disappointed!! So many of the sites we visited on our tour around the country were represented and explained in wonderful detail. All the exhibit labels are in English and the information is well written and informative. (an audio guide is available) We used... More 

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Reviewed 29 March 2013

If you have a little bit of interest for history, you HAVE to visit this museum. For many this is not on their wishlist I think, but this museum is simply stunning. I walked around and couldn't stop smiling and gasping while looking at everything I saw. Very very impressive....

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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

We were tight for time, and almost skipped because we weren't sure how intersting it would be. Amazing antiquties, beautiful tile, and great space. Highly recommend.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

This museum was a treat to see and they have a lot of nice items inside. You can do it all in two hours and worth it to see all the exhibits. It reminds you how much history there is around this area.

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