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Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Istanbul

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See the vast and impressive collection of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine works at Istanbul Archaeological Museums, 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. To visit Istanbul Archaeological Museums and other attractions in Istanbul, use our Istanbul holiday planner.
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  • As an amateur ancient history lover, I cannot describe my disappointment and frustration at turning up to find that - after 2 years of renovation 'work' that I couldn't see on my visit - the museum is...  more »
  • 10 years ago I visited this museum, and I found it extremely interesting, at par with the great archaeological museums of the world. Then extensive restoration work was initiated, which also included ...  more »
  • Next to the Topkapi Palace and included in the Museum Pass, most people have these three museums on their list of things to do but I found the experience well-worth avoiding. Much of the complex is cl...  more »
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  • One of the best museums I visited There are a lot of ancient artifacts from Babylon, Syria, Egypt and other very old countries and cities. I highly recommend it for everybody who are interested in history.
  • I think museums in Istanbul has weird work hours. They are all open on different days. So you have to check their schedules prior to visit them. Now this is no metropolitan museum in NYC but partially due to lack of funding from the govt. Otherwise they have so much historical artifacts to see... They can't find space for some they even store them in the restrooms - I saw them and it is a shame!!! - otherwise there is so much to see... Most artifacts are from anatolia but some are from Arabia, and North Africa... I think as ottomans withdrew from former occupied areas they took artifact with them Definitely a good spot to visit in Istanbul :)
  • Great place for the historical findings not only within Turkey, but also surrounding territory. Includes even Egyptian sarcophagus, Mesopotamia relics and many other items
  • Good displays around Middle Eastern history as well as Romain, Greek and Islam culture. Worthwhile a visit.
  • Great place.to visit. Fascinating to see the collections of contributions of a great Muslim scientist who shaped the world with their inventions in the field of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Optics, etc. Some of the collections are originals while some are replicas

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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