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Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Istanbul
(4.4/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This could have been a very excellent museum. The buildings are spacious, well kept (one is under work right now, but one can see the potential), and in them selves beautiful. History did indeed actua...  more »
  • An important archaeological museum with rare precious finds from Anatolia and the ancient world. Many sights are located in the rich museum complex. Beauty is, of course, the world-famous, SOG ante Alexander-Sarkophag, which is found in Sidon in 1887. Many sculptures, works of art, frieze of ancient temples, Golden and silver discoveries, Roman and Byzantine art treasures. The Altorientalisches Museum is also very impressive.
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  • I found super interesting, learned a lot about the culture and the history of them. Now I'm completely in love with Turkey and its people.
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  • Istanbul (formerly Constantinople and Byzantium) has been at historical crossroads for many millennia, and this museum has artifacts from all of this time, most complimented with detailed explanations of their significance. You would have to spend an entire day or more here to absorb its full worth. If you are in the Sultan Ahmet area of Istanbul, this is a great place to spend a day.
  • I liked the most Hittite lions and roman relief sculpture, there are also many ancient mesopotamian artefacts, and also from the history of the city.
  • Amazing objects on display, just I am quite nervous about safety of this objects. I mean everyone is touching the statues from 2 century B.C. we don't know anything about our salty sweat which destroys everything?
  • Great museum with allot of interesting artifacts and interpretations of the history of Istanbul, Turkey, and the larger region. When I visited the building was being remodeled so access was weird and not signed well. However, there was still allot to see and there was good information. Some displays could use better explanations. I recommend seeing this museum. Especially if you have an interest in the archaeology of the area.
  • Nice place for an Archaeology buff, but pretty dry for general interest. I'd spend my time at the palace or park on either side. You can purchase museum passes at the entrance.