Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Istanbul

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See the vast and impressive collection of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine works at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, 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 Archaeological Museum on your trip to Istanbul, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is one of the greatest archaeological museums that I ever visited. I like it so much! The whole building, the exponats, the color of the walls, lights...I'm really impressed. 
    This is one of the greatest archaeological museums that I ever visited. I like it so much! The whole building, the exponats, the color of the walls, lights...I'm really impressed.  more »
  • Such a beautiful museum. One main building - featuring mostly Turkish, Persian, Greek and Roman history. Another building that goes further back in time. A beautiful mosque looking facade featuring... 
    Such a beautiful museum. One main building - featuring mostly Turkish, Persian, Greek and Roman history. Another building that goes further back in time. A beautiful mosque looking facade featuring...  more »
  • very good museum specially has very incredible things from ancient Lebanon and Greece I didnt visit there in my first 2 trip to Istanbul and Im very regretful about that 
    very good museum specially has very incredible things from ancient Lebanon and Greece I didnt visit there in my first 2 trip to Istanbul and Im very regretful about that  more »
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  • Very spacious museum with vast number of collections. Be ready to walk a lot. Many tombs, monuments, jewelry and coin exhibits. Egyptian mummies, research area, even the way to the toilet is full of historical pieces. Museum card let you pass without waiting in a line. It’s in the heart of historical center , close to the beautiful park with storks.
  • Great museum. Lots of exhibits, one more interesting than the other and a perfect organization. Definitely worth a visit, preferably with a personal guide, but in any case, without haste. It takes about two hours to see and admire all its artifacts, starting with the wonderful sarcophagi and continuing with the splendid Roman and Greek statues, the pottery of ancient Greece, the jewelry of Asia Minor and the coins of Byzantium. Super !
  • It's quite an impressive museum, much better than anticipated. There is a couple of amazing things there, and the museum itself feels new and freshly renovated. Everything is in English, but the line to buy tickets will take up at least 30 minutes of your time.
  • Despite many sections being closed off, this is still an excellent museum for the quality of the sarcophagi alone. There are so many exceptional pieces, with very high quality carvings. The Babylonian wall tile street decorations are also stunning.
  • In a word...FABULOUS! A magnificent collection presented in a very visually appealing and highly informative manner. Plan on several hours if you really want to absorb as much as this showcase has to offer.

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