Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi, Istanbul

4.3
#4 of 101 in Museums in Istanbul
See the vast and impressive collection of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine works at Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi, one of the world's largest museums, featuring over one million pieces. This also happens to be the oldest in Turkey, as it opened to the public in 1891. The artifacts are housed in three different buildings that make up the complex: the main building, or Archaeological Museum, Museum of the Ancient Orient, and Museum of Islamic Art. Consider combining your visit with other nearby sites, like the Topkapi Palace. Use our Istanbul trip site to visit Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi on your trip to Istanbul, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Much of the Archeological Museum is an homage to Osman Hamdi Bey who was the founder of the museum and much of the modern artistic life of Turkey. Besides the many important objects, I really...  more »
  • There is a sign that some areas was not available to the museaum because of earthquake. The price normal was 36tl per person but i think the museaum is under construction. Does not worth..if it will.....  more »
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  • A great place to discover the Archaeological history of the region. Covers Egypt, Babylon, Roman times and more. A great selection. Translations in Turkish and English. Usually a small queue, half an hour or so. Make sure to check which sections are closed off before going in to avoid disappointment. Bonus points, find the kittens.
  • Quite an interesting museum. As others have said, it's undergoing much needed updates so some areas are closed. When we visited, the Alexander sarcophagus was on full display. It is truly something to behold and worth the visit if you are interested in ancient sculpture. The audio guide wasn't available during our visit and signage was not adequate to make up for it. It's a shame because these amazing relecs of human history deserve better.
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