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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  • I wasn’t blown away but the collection was cared for and well presented. The Tiled Pavilion was lovely  more »
  • Istanbul Archaeological Museum, with more than a million artifacts belonging to various civilizations and periods, is among the largest museums in the world. It is the oldest museum building in...  more »
  • Enter from Gulhane park or courtyard 1 of Topkapi. Some exhibits are closed but if you have the museum pass and 2 hours, definitely come here if only to see the the Alexander sarcophagus. It's worth.....  more »
  • A beautiful collcetion. Beautiful building. Beautiful location. The whole area is a complex of museums (the main museum, the museum of the ancient orient, the museum of tiles, outdoor collection) needs at least 3 hours to be finished. The good thing that there is ongoing renovations, also multilingual services.
  • We really a great time browsing through the hundreds of valuable exhibits. They are throughly priceless. I personally was impressed with mummies on display. Though it was gruesome, but it was no doubt looked really ancient. The sarcophagus carvings were so delicate and very detailed.
  • An outrageous abundance of spectacularly decorated and well-preserved stone carved sarcophaguses / (sarcophagi?) from throughout the first millennium BC. Many of the sarcophagi still have remnants of paint on them. The exhibit includes information about how the artifacts were discovered and transported, as well as maps and murals depicting scenes from the discovery, handling, and transport to Istanbul. The exhibit really made me feel like a part of the discovery team.
  • It's probably the best place I've visited in Istanbul. It's the less crowded and there's a lot of different historical things that you can see there, it depends on you. If you like seeing statues and taking pictures you'd probably need more than hour and a half there if no you can do it in 30 mins.
  • A must see for people who love ancient civilizations. Three museums in the same place. The first one takes you back to ancient Mesopotamia, Levant and Anatolia. The second one collects the ancient Greek and Roman objects and also has a detailed explanation of their culture. The last but not the least one is about the ceramics and porcelain of the Ottoman era.

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