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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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  • The museum many not be a huge place as the ones in other countries, but it might surprise you to learn that there are lots of artifacts belonging to these lands which were taken to museums in countrie...  more »
  • For the third time after visiting Istanbul, I finally reached the archaeological museum and I liked it very much because I love all the ancient and historic. Having visited it thou shalt quite another view of Istanbul. I think when we first met with Istanbul must visit this museum.
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  • A place being renovated but who can travel in time of the city of Istanbul. Presents beautiful archaeological pieces and rooms sometimes a little outdated which adds to the time travel.
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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.