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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 4 days ago

I can say two things: first, yes, there are restorations. But second, take ample time and do visit them. As with everything else in Istanbul, you must look for the details. You may take a general 10-second look at an exhibit and be ready to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although some part of the museum is under re-construction, it is worth to visit and discover. I think this visit should be best planned in the same visit of Topkapi palace because they are close and you may plan half day for both attractions. You...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Istanbul be prepared often to meet the sign "restorasyon". Thus we this time missed the Alexander Sarcophagus, (main parts of) some fine mosques, the Topkapi Treasury,.. The three Archeological museums are anyway exhibiting a lot of fine specimens including Egyptian mummies.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank kattullus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this museum has a good reputation for having a world class collection but most of it has been put away while construction on a new facility is under way...what is there is a little underwhelming......and the whole area is messy and unappealing.....we got in with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Istanbul Archaeological Museum is one of the best museums I have ever visited on all my journeys. When reading this text, please be aware of the fact that I was there last in February 2018, and inform yourself about what parts of the museum...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Impressive area and pretty buildings but too much construction work underway, which made the place a bit messy. Exhibits were ok but they didn’t hit the same standards as those at the palace

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Museum is currently under restoration and entire wings (with important artefacts, such as the bust of Alexander the Great) are under restoration. It however absolutely remains worth a visit and even the garden is peppered with stunning ancient and neoclassical archeological finds. Make sure...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Topkapi Palace Museum(s) and complex. Once the seat of the mighty Ottoman Empire, the Topkapi palace and complex was built on top of the Byzantine ruins, has now been converted to a museum housed in their former buildings. Next to the beautifully tendered gardens, the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Eilleen L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has an amazing collection of tiles and ceramics and also some of the Pergamon treasures. Part of the museum had space heaters which made the experience more enjoyable and half of the exhibition space was closed due to construction. Some of the best...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

So sad that I didn’t get to see all the exhibits as most of the main building was under renovation. The Tiled Pavilion was lovely in terms of architecture and the ceramics on display. Queuing system outside was a bit disorganized - You can skip...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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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