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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)

At Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:46, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 518 1805
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
At Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:46, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 518 1805
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Well, there are a couple things you need to know before you decide to go there. First, Islamic Art had been under a lot of restricting rules for centuries, so it morphed into some unusual forms. You won't find any portraits there for example, but...More

Thank heckfy
Reviewed 24 November 2016

I spent five full days in Istanbul and the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum was probably the most underwhelming portion of my trip. The pieces were not that interesting and it was a bit sparse. I think it was even more a let down after...More

Thank valleygrrl76
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Maybe the most precious ones are in this museum besides treasure part of Topkapı Palace ! It is situated next to Hippodrome square ! Must visit

Thank Mert U
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is probably not a must-see sight, but it´s inviting and modern with attractive and interesting displays that will delight you particularly if you are interested in historic books and miniatures. It´s located inside the historic Ibrahim Pasha Palace, it...More

1  Thank makromuc
Reviewed 13 November 2016

For a museum that claims to house one of the largest collections of Islamic arts in the world, there's not actually that much to see. There isn't enough narrative either. Worth popping in if you are in the SultanAhmet area and have a museum pass.

Thank Terelli81
Reviewed 6 September 2016

This could have been fascinating but it's let down by confusing summaries of the period covered ( in poor English) and minimal information on the displays ( for example: Carpet ). There must be a fascinating story behind every item shown but they did not...More

Thank daveburke2020
Reviewed 27 August 2016

This is wonderful museum and I would definitely recommend. I wish I had longer to go around the museum. You will need at least 2 to 3 hours to go round and read the history behind Turkey and the see the beautiful art.

Thank sweet_lubz
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Close to the Blue Mosque. Lots of historic artifacts and good exposition. It was well maintained and not crowded. Worth a visit.

Thank Pakusso
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

It is hard to even imagine the incredible types of unique art objects in this museum. Staff was friendly, hours convenient, and exhibits absolutely mesmerizing.

Thank Ergun K
Reviewed 22 August 2016

It holds many artefacts of islamic art, mainly Qu'uran books of all types, sizes and eras. Also some pottery, carpets and other interesting objects. I would expect something extra (maybe more variation), but still worth the visit I believe.

Thank velissaris_
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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do the maintenance works still running? if so, which parts of the museum still closed for visit?
19 February 2017|
Response from Mert U | Reviewed this property |
I checked the website and there is no information about maintenance now. I guess it should be completely open to visit. But better to email them !
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Can we take picture inside?
30 July 2016|
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Response from Abdul A | Reviewed this property |
Yes pictures but no vid cam
Maryam A
How many hours does the museum need?
21 March 2016|
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Response from ThegilaniAK | Reviewed this property |
I was there for just over two hours. It was not crowded at all, but the manuscripts and articles from various ruling dynasties were fascinating to my wife and I.We relaxed and got drinks from the cafe at the second floor... More