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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  • August 19, 2017
    We came back without too much conviction .we came out very happy with the visit. The Museum presents an exceptional wealth over time. Not far from topkapi in a beautiful garden to relax. I recommend this Museum
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  • August 18, 2017
    Great location, but not enough signatures, and they are available only in English, so be sure to grab your audioguide, to fill the long silence and understand among the same pots and sarcophagi
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  • August 16, 2017
    If you like the date of visit, very impressive burial chambers, Medusa's eye when it comes to your right in front of the stairs is a very effective person.
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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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