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Military Museum (Asker Muzesi), Istanbul

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Military Museum Museum
Discover over a thousand years of Turkish military history at Military Museum (Asker Muzesi), boasting impressive exhibits and hosting live performances. Mehter, the world's oldest military band, puts on a show each afternoon at the museum. While this is the main draw for many visitors, you can also spend you time viewing over 9,000 artifacts spread across 22 rooms, which focus mainly on the Ottoman era up to World War I. See weapons, uniforms, tools, and even the chain used by the Byzantines to block the sultan's navy from entering the city during the famous siege of 1453. Use our Istanbul family vacation planner to add Military Museum (Asker Muzesi) and other attractions to your Istanbul vacation plans.
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  • I really jsut went to see this one thing - the massive chain that straddled the entrance to the Golden Horn in the Middle Ages and played such a key role in the history of Istanbul. Some of the other ...  more »
  • This is a great museum even if you aren't a military person as it contains a strong element of social history. Sadly not all the rooms were open so we didn't get to see the military tents, which looke...  more »
  • As a Marine Corps Infantry Veteran this place was a must see. They have a impressive collection of weapons and art displays. My favorite was the huge collection of swords, armor, and bows. But be warn...  more »
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