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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 1 July 2017

We paid the ticket fee only to walk in and see the archaeology museum is almost totally under restoration. It was a total waste of money and actually made me angry that they are still selling tickets for that particular museum. There is almost nothing...More

Thank jill f
Reviewed 28 June 2017

The collection is amazing and well worth seeing. Included in Museum Pass. Currently undergoing extensive renovations. The displays are very outdated, signage difficult to read, lighting poor. Hopefully this place will live up to its potential when completed.

Thank mjhtnt
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Being the cradle of 12 different civilizations a Turkish archeological museum is expected to be richer. So do not expect much though few examples of articrafts describe the past quite efficiently.

Thank Dogan S
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

We came here because we bought the museum pass. However, we enjoyed the place. There is detailed explanation about Turkish history in the museum. Moreover, you can see great amount of historical stuff in an air-conditionered rooms.

Thank Lizzy S
Reviewed 1 June 2017

As an amateur ancient history lover, I cannot describe my disappointment and frustration at turning up to find that - after 2 years of renovation 'work' that I couldn't see on my visit - the museum is still not showing it's greatest treasure, the Alexander...More

Thank Goodison70
Reviewed 30 May 2017

10 years ago I visited this museum, and I found it extremely interesting, at par with the great archaeological museums of the world. Then extensive restoration work was initiated, which also included anti-seismic provisions; most of the building was closed to the visitors and some...More

1  Thank Marco_Polo499
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Next to the Topkapi Palace and included in the Museum Pass, most people have these three museums on their list of things to do but I found the experience well-worth avoiding. Much of the complex is closed for restoration, the "star" exhibit of Alexander's sarcophagus...More

Thank JJHDerbyshire
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

While it is allowed to visit ,the facade is all wrapped in tarp.Visited over 19 May which happens to be a local important holiday.While it has a good mix of artifacts on display in the main hall,I think Antalya had more.We didn't enter the other...More

Thank Ana Z
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Considering the long and rich history of Constantinople and Istanbul, the collection is not particularly impressive. May be a lot of the good things were already being moved to museums in other countries. Having said that, still worth a day's visit.

Thank Wai Keung K
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

I'm a fan of museums but this one wasn't well organised. A lot of it was shut off. Very little information on each of the exhibits. Wouldn't bother going again.

Thank Asad M
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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