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Military Museum (Asker Muzesi)

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Address: Valikonagi Cad. | Harbiye, Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 233 2720

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One of the world's best military museums

This museum is fascinating. It's a 'must see' for anyone interested in military history. Exhibits date from the Ottoman era, up until modern times. The Museum is open every day... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jeffry B
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is fascinating. It's a 'must see' for anyone interested in military history. Exhibits date from the Ottoman era, up until modern times. The Museum is open every day except Mondays and Tuesdays. A Turkish military band plays in the afternoon. At first, the music is exceedingly strange to the Western ear, but it is very enjoyable.once you become... More 

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

As far as military museums go, this one is very complete. You get a perspective of Turkish military culture since the times of the Nomad tribes to modern Turkey. I enjoyed the Turkish point of view of World War I (very different from what European people are used to). Warning, there will be some controversial (to non Turkish visitors) exhibits,... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I am not super into military history, but this museum is well organized in a pretty building. The chains that protected Constantinople's water ways from Ottoman invasion are on display which super cool.

Thank ahmet a
Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

The military show was one of the most amazing event/show almost 15 years ago: when the musicians and soldiers would march in straight from the garden. Now it is just an ordinary show.

Thank Aiko A
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

All that you ever want to see about the weapons, the 1st World War section was amazing, besides the defense weapons, the Guns, the swords... All of it was amazing

Thank zahed k
Manama, Bahrain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Many exhibits to see with low entry fee. The location of this museum is around 15 minutes walking from Taksim square. You need to leave the place at least 15 minutes before the official closing time. Monday is closed.

Thank Abdulkarim H
Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Part of a work group tour arranged for us. The museum does a pretty good job explaining Turkish military history starting back 1,500 yrs ago or so. They have excellent collections of old weapons and uniform items. Turkish military pride quite apparent throughout (perhaps unsurprisingly so). Still worth a visit.

Thank Walter W
Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in history and military objects, you shouldn't miss this museum, built in 1840 by the Armenian architect Garabet Balyan. You can trace the history of the Turks from the Huns and Seljuks to the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey following the Independence War. The famous Mehter Band gives concerts in the concert hall. Please check the... More 

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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This museum is deceptively large and contains an impressive collection of cutting weapons, armour and firearms, there are some excellent dioramas, no real modern section, you can take photos on a mobile but using a proper camera costs extra

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Was in Istanbul. Visited the Military Museum. Did not take any photos, but attached few my friend has taken with the military warplane, helicopter and tank outside the museum building . No photography permitted inside the exhibition hall. Admission fee applies. The exhibition showcasing the rise of the Ottoman empire. Their conquest of Constantinople (ancient Turkey) and they started to... More 

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