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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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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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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
retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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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
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 you would like to understand ancient history of Turkey.
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.