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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • If you have a museum pass card you can see this amazing museum by free,It's full of valuable and prehistoric things, Mondays is off but you can see topkapi palace by museum pass free too. I really like this place and suggest to all travellers that come to Istanbul to see this museum.
  • Very pleased with the new exhibit of the Yenikapı Ships and the replica. I had only just been reading about it leading up to our visit. Plenty of other stuff but you need several trips - Museumcard is a godsend.
  • nice place to go. but so much repair jobs going in the territory that some of the inventories are hardly accessible. you shouldnt keep its visit at the same day with Hagia Sophia and Topkapi museum as you will get very tired for it. there are very ancient stuff which you have to see if you are in Istanbul more than 4 days. Ĺocation is great as it is on Gulhane tram station.
  • Amazing and very interesting place, but in October 2017 more than a half of museum was closed for renovations. Will return in future.
  • Not too big. Focus on local history. Very good artifacts.

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