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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 1 week ago

At first it seemed about only one tenth of the main museum building was open to the public. Then we discovered that here are TWO entrances. The entrance to access most of the museum is not obvious at first. The "Alexander Sarcophagus" is not accessible...More

2  Thank Chris S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was looking forward to this place given the age and history of Turkey, but I was pretty bored at this museum. It has a lot of artefacts but no proper information about the relevance of them, where they were unearthed, what they meant. So...More

1  Thank Kazbar1981
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If they - the museum owners/curators - would really care, it would be as good as the British Museum or Louvre. Instead, it looks like someone collected lots of stuff from various places and tried to keep them in order. If you have the knowledge...More

1  Thank EmilCC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went with a lovely tour guide from No Frills and she took us to the exciting parts telling us stories about the artifacts rather than us just meandering the grounds by ourselves. Totally worth it after a long hot and dusty day at the...More

Thank Kavitha S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum has great artifacts but the story is not told well. This makes the museum boring. There were not many people there compared with the other sites on Istanbul, which does not surprise me. There are better things to do in Istanbul, and it's...More

Thank SteveMariners
Reviewed 16 September 2018

We visited just because we had time to spare and it was already included in the Istanbul Museum Pass. It was almost deserted even though it was summer and everything else around was very busy and lively. I wouldn't visit again and wouldn't really recommend...More

2  Thank dalilali
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

A small, however, interesting museum. Pieces from many of the founding civilizations in the Mesopotamian area. I would recommend this museum.

Thank Wolfgang S
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

Not a great museum to visit. First of all, little to no AC inside; I simply could not have the patience to enjoy the artifacts and the readings if it is too hot, the higher the floors you go up, the worse it gets. Secondly...More

Thank Derek Z
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Actually, this is not just one museum, I think 3 buildings are holding at least for several museums artifacts in. We started from the first building and saw most of the ancient Anatolian and Mesopotamian artifact and history of it, then proceeded to the second...More

Thank FreeJohnny
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Part of museum is under renovation and its best and most famous masterpieces are not accessible. You wonder why they decided to keep in accessible places interesting but common items instead of moving the stars of the collection to the rooms that are still open.

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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
22 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
29 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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