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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  • If you are a fan of ancient relics, the Museum of doubt will do. You'll find the effects from all over the ancient world. From Mesopotamia to the land of the Nile to the Roman Empire and many others. But each museum treasures effects here and there. I'll give you one and you'll find the rest. You'll find the first peace agreement between the two Kings and mutual defence in the event one of conquest. Was the Treaty before the thirteenth century BC.
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  • Go, visit accomplished thoroughly. Büyülenmemek not get but I wish I wish I remodel
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  • She is back from Hagia Sophia, is pay. It is highly recommended is the sarcophagus of Alexander the great. They are several buildings but worth a go.
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  • A bit of a letdown. English information presented was long winded and poorly written, and overall relatively unimpressive exhibits. A lot of it is closed due to renovations (so I’m sure everything will be much better once these are completed!). No AC which made it brutal on a summer day. I recommend the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts instead, much more interesting info and better quality exhibits.
  • Good museum!! There are a lot of artifacts from different era. You can learn a history from what you see. I enjoy the visit to this museum. The museum consists of several buildings. Some items such as the head of serpent column (the one in Hippodrome) are very interesting. The feeling is similar to a library. There is not much entertaining items here!
  • Incredible and lesser known gem of Istanbul, located only a short walk away from main attractions. Some of the most beautiful tiles and ceramics are excellently displayed here, and it makes for a peaceful yet awe-inspiring experience. Highly recommended.
  • This museum definitely has alot of artifacts that are ancient and worth seeing. You could spend hours here. When I went two of the buildings were under renovation and thus it didn't feel as nicely organized as it could have.
  • The Istanbul Archaeology Museum has an extensive and remarkable collection of items from across the ancient Middle East and is well worth a visit if you are in the Golden Horn region of Istanbul. Housed in a variety of buildings next door to the Topkapi Palace, the Archaeology Museum has far fewer visitors than the Palace next door. The day we went we felt like we had the museum to ourselves and I suspect this is often the case, that sandwiched between the park next door and the Topkapi Palace, this museum is often overlooked. It is both interesting and telling to note that here, as elsewhere across Turkey, there seems to be a systematic attempt to ignore past Christian and Jewish influences. One would almost think that history was a progression from the Hittites to the Greeks to the Ottomans, with no Rome, no Israel, and no Christianity ever intervening. Major renovations were taking place in the largest building in the museum complex while we were there. Renovations seemed to be taking place everywhere in Istanbul and you will likely encounter some yourself. While the collection is fantastic, the buildings they are housed in remind me of the museums of my childhood in Chicago in the 1960s. Go for the artifacts and enjoy the buildings. They are becoming artifacts themselves, and their replacements will likely be far less satisfying and approachable. A visitor could touch almost every large piece in the museum. Such access is amazing. I hope people don't abuse the privilege, causing the museum to cloister off the artifacts from public inspection.
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