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Military Museum (Asker Muzesi), Istanbul

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With approximately 55,000 objects in its collection, Military Museum (Asker Muzesi) remains one of the world’s largest museums representing the history of Turkey from the Ottoman Empire to the modern state. The museum holds military objects like a Byzantine chain stretched across the Golden Horn during the siege of Constantinople, and a Greek flag captured by the Turkish military. Each afternoon, the world’s oldest military band performs marches dressed in traditional uniforms, a testament to the fact that the Ottomans incorporated music into the army life before anyone else. Use our Istanbul family vacation planner to add Military Museum (Asker Muzesi) and other attractions to your Istanbul vacation plans.
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  • The military show was one of the most amazing event/show almost 15 years ago: when the musicians and soldiers would march in straight from the garden. Now it is just an ordinary show.  more »
  • In Istanbul, one of the museums which must be visited. Every day except Monday and Tuesday 3:00 free foo fighters Concert. Museum which has a lot of unique things. very successful Presentation. This museum is a must in Istanbul. Except Mondays and Tuesdays, at 15:00 there is a special Turkish Army Band Concert everyday. The museums has many interesting objects such as the chain coming back from Istanbul conquest. Use the metro Osmanbey station via Pangaltı exit and walk 5 minutes to reach. Strongly recommended!
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  • Our history, our Forefathers better recognition and learning opportunity, this wonderful mekānın I know every detail of every corner of. The contractors perform the restoration team in to happiness.
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  • As far as military museums go, this one is very complete. You get a perspective of Turkish military culture since the times of the Nomad tribes to modern Turkey. I enjoyed the Turkish point of view of World War I (very different from what European people are used to). Warning, there will be some controversial (to non Turkish visitors) exibits, just keep an open mind. Most of the pieces have Turkish and English texts. Visit will take a minimum of 2 hours. Museum has a gift shop and a bar.
  • Well, too much old stuff for me, roughly 1/8 about "modern" conflict like IWW / Cyprus campaign, so if you´re into it, consider the time to spend here. About Armenia genocide nothing, just bunch of photos "like Armenian people terrorize Turkish nation". About all what happen as reaction&revenge for this action I see nothing much to consider. Ticket price was 7TL. If U wanna just that heli pics, get in and stay outside just right after gate n.1 and its for free. Also some aircraft, tank and cannons are here on display, outside of building.
  • A must go if you are in Istanbul. History is well documented there and there is a very cool military show every day. The museum staff are rather friendly and would help with anything.
  • One of the best and good organised musaim in istanbul. You can see the chain that was used to close phosphorus by connecting from asian side to europe side in Ottoman times.
  • Massive collection if you are interested.