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. Use our Istanbul trip site to visit Istanbul Archaeological Museums on your trip to Istanbul, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The museum is a bit chaotic right now, maybe because of the ongoing restauration (which they do not tell you about at the entrance). A part of the museum (including the most famous pieces of art) is n...  more »
  • We had seen much more at the Cairo museum and British museum and could not appreciate the fewer artifacts on display, and the fact the place is undergoing renovation for the most part did not help.  more »
  • There's something unbelievably so. Not too many of these principals have also sorted out correctly, but just open I feel dull ..? If you have a hobby and see the Museum, but that wasn't Chris Anderson: do not bother, and seems to be
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  • Very fascinating museum to visit. More than half of it is under construction currently (March 2018) but you still you need a lot of time for this museum. If you like history, be prepared to google a lot because there is almost no explanation or information about objects displayed here.
  • Great museum with unique artifacts from all ages and civilizations throughout human history. Can be cleaner and much modern looking; inside some sections need some renovation.
  • The archeology museum is under renovation and most of the collection is not very interesting to view. The building is built in the 60’s and the third floor is worth viewing for the decor alone. A new museum is being created and the plans look amazing. It is close to the blue mosque and Topkapi so if you have a museum card stop in for a quick visit. There is a tile mosque museum in the same complex that is rather nice to see.
  • Excellent archaeological museum with lots of artifacts. You can easily spent the day here, because they have several buildings as part of this museum complex. I would not miss it.
  • Interesting, but it is really not necessary to go... it's just the average archeology museum. That still does not make it bad, so if you like archeology and history, definetly visit it!😊😗
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