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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)
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Reviewed February 10, 2019 via mobile

Right in the heart of Sultanahmet this museum offers the visitors superlatives in permanent exhibitions as well as in temporary ones. I hold it in high esteem because of its representation of Turkish and Islamic art and history. All the exhibits are well described for foreigners, too, so that you need not know Turkish. I especially appreciate the survey of the early history of the region, and, of course, the wonderful carpets, some of which are really very big. Unfortunately I always saw the same ones on my last visits. I hear from my Turkish acquaintances that the museum's collection is much bigger than what is exhibited.
The entrance fee is not very high. When there, inform yourself about possible temporary exhibitions.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Departure811861
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Reviewed February 1, 2019 via mobile

Comprehensive collection of Islamic artefacts. Easily found very close to the Blue Mosque. The Museum Pass is valid here. Queues can be lengthy but fast track entry is available to Museum Pass card holders. This could be more clearly signposted.

An hour or so is probably enough

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank PaddyDiver
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Reviewed January 7, 2019

Many fine examples of sublime and refined Islamic art. Rare and beautiful Korans. A very important collection of antique carpets. And also hairs from Mohammed's beard! Housed in a palace built in 1520.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kattullus
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Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

Very underrated museum. Close to blue mosque and hagia Sophia. The beard hairs of the Prophet Muhammad exhibit was really cool, and no crowds like the topkapi palace sacred relics section. Lots of information on all the different empires associated with Turkish history.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Marco_Battuta
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Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

The museum is not very big. The exhibits were very well displayed with different rooms for each era of the Islamic history. Items were also chronologically displayed according to type.

Items from the Prophet (pbuh) and the sahabahs were very well maintained and beautifully displayed.

The write ups were very detailed for those who are interested in history.

This museum is best followed by a visit to 2 other related museums :
- Istanbul Archaeology Museum (near Topkapi Palace)
- Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam (Gulhane Park)

Tip : It is the best place to buy a museum pass (from the ticket counter at the entrance of the museum) as it isn't as crowded as compared to the other museums like Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia.

Date of experience: December 2018
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