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Maritime Museum

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Address: Sinan Pasa Mah. Cezayir Cad. | Besiktas Merkez, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 327 4345

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The Maritime Museum is well put together and organized. There are English translations on all exhibits. The exhibits are easy to see and beautifully maintained. It's inexpensive... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 January 2015
Mark P
Madison, Wisconsin
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Milan, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

This museum is very small compared to its many counterparts over the world - and this is strange, for the history of Istanbul is largely bound to seamanship and shipbuilding. What you can see here is basically a collection of exemplars of the same type of boat, a typical Turkish unmotorized vessel, largely used by sultans over the 19th century.... More 

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Tripoli, Lebanon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

It's nice to visit and see old boats, children also enjoyed it with some sculptures of maritime commanders. But boats are high and you can't see well, they should put something to be able to see better. For 6.5 Lira per person (children for free) it is not expensive, but when you know that you have to pay 13 Lira... More 

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Timisoara, Romania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

Nice boats, lots of history, battles and stories, but zero interactivity. Highly recommend Rahmi M. Koc Museum for boats, planes, cars, trains and much more!

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Fukaya, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Great treasure of Ottoman era. The exhibition of boats reminds us that the Ottoman era was the age of maritime progress. Each boats are so big that it's a bit surprising these work were done by the craftsmanship of the engineers and workers only. There are some tables where you can take some rests over a drink, too. But impressive... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015 via mobile

The Maritime Museum is well put together and organized. There are English translations on all exhibits. The exhibits are easy to see and beautifully maintained. It's inexpensive and a pretty quick (1-2 hours) tour.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2014

It was near our hotel so we stopped by. Due to WW1 anniversary and the history of Galipolli as well as earlier times in TUrkish history, there were special exhibitions and admission was free. interesting to see how the high ranking novels traveled in their special boats. WOuldnt make a special trip to this museum.

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Gjovik Norway & Kansas USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

This museum is next to the Bosporus and near other museums and the cruise ship terminal. The museum is not large but has an interesting display of the Ottoman ships and boats. The captions are also written in English in addition to the local language. I am not a maritime fan, but my husband is, however I am glad I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

Our first visit to the museum, which is new and handily placed in Besiktas near the Dolmabahce Palace. It is spacious and welcoming, with good lighting and well judged arrangement. It represents an impressive collection of royal Caiques or barges that have been richly restored to a high standard. Entry fee is really cheap and Information is available in various... More 

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Global African
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014

well organised museum with much variety and great exhibits. Plenty of places to sit and relax and appreciate the exhibits. Easy to spend 1/2 day there. Children will also be fascinated.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

Worth to visit it !!! A lot of Royal boats, with external handmade gold plated decoration , and marketeri inside decoration, gold boats facade with army symbols,army and navy Weapons, collection of paintings old navy equipments and many more !!! Don't miss it, it's something unsual, you make a short trip to Ottoman naval empire !!

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In Besiktas, skyscrapers compete with palaces for space in an upscale vista replete with hilly green parkland filling in the margins. Step into this rather wealthy neighbourhood and discover a rich mix of opportunities to shop, dine, and be entertained. For folks in search of urban buzz, not to mention a constant reminder of just how important Istanbul’s waterways are to its rich history, there's the frenetic Besiktas ferry terminal or the city’s most vibrant fish market to explore. For a timeout of metropolitan proportions, head to the bucolic Yildiz Park or the chic Bosphorus-side fishing village of Ortakoy. Attractions such as the grandiose Dolmabahce Palace and a bevy of other stately residences await admiration. To be sure, this large and not overly touristy swath of Istanbul yields plenty of pleasure for all.
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