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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 520 77 40
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fascinating collection of well presented artefacts. Parts of the museum are incredibly dated and will benefit once the work that is currently underway is completed. Has great potential but needs modernising to appeal to and engage a wider audience.

Thank anniecrodge
Reviewed yesterday

Under renovation but stil Plenty of ancient Stuff to see from all around the Middle east. Ottoman ceramics Museum is also A must see.

Thank mfturan
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are interested in history and the history of the Istanbul and Turkey in general then this museum is definitely a must visit. However, some of the artifacts are outside in the grounds where they are exposed to the weather. Still, a great collection...More

Thank Sadia A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Museum with interesting and well set out exhibits. Ancient coffins a bit spooky but are a work of exquisite art. We spent about 1.5 hours here. Well worth the time.

Thank PICVW69
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's truly mind-numbing how much is on display here. And that's even while much of the museum is under reconstruction! There are extraordinary tiles in a historic building; exquisite sarcophagi from across the Ottoman Empire; coins, pottery, friezes, sculptures, statues, ... it just goes on...More

Thank Steven M
Reviewed 6 days ago

rich collection of artefacts from all the epochs and civilisation. it needs restauration urgently because the way artefacts are displayed in oldfashioned.

Thank Ana P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very interesting museum with rich collection of artefacts from all the epochs and civilisation. Part of it was closed due to restoration. But it took us half a day to watch all expositions though. It's a pity that museum is not properly developed. It looks...More

Thank Maryna S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

3 bldgs, -1)artifacts, sculpture and ceramics 2) tile & mosaics bldg., & 3)Museum of the Ancient Orient -Mesopotamian, Hittite, & Egyptian Periods. In the courtyard stands a replica of 9th century merchant vessel found in the muddy bottom of the Theodosian Harbor during subway tunnel...More

1  Thank mrtravelingpat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful museum and area. Worth visiting. Information in english as well. Easy to reach with public transport.

Thank Marjoleine v
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are no staff anywhere... and those that are there are not interested at all. They are always on the phone?! The artefacts are great but the museum itself is not organised or run properly. Plus half of it is closed due to restoration! Lots...More

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
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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sanaa j
23 August 2018|
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Response from Jaywing18 | Reviewed this property |
It is possible because they are all near each other but you would be very rushed and probably experience museum overload. Instead pick two. We really liked the Topkapi palace. The archeology museum was very interesting if... More
Serena D
30 January 2018|
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Response from RandyOK | Reviewed this property |
When I was there it was closed to earthquake-proof the building and other modifications. I don’t know when it is to re-open. Not sure who you can ask for better details. I had a knowledgeable guide that may know.
17 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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