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Military Museum (Asker Muzesi), Istanbul
(4.5/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Really a very nice museums and spectacular. Turkish and Ottoman history exposed from this Museum designed with great care. Especially in the summer months, open air garden is such a pleasure to listen to choose your team, Mehter calan.
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  • This museum is deceptively large and contains an impressive collection of cutting weapons, armour and firearms, there are some excellent dioramas, no real modern section, you can take photos on a mobi...  more »
  • Turkey's military history is a museum showcasing. It is a Museum focusing on Ottoman Turkey today than the one centered on ancient medieval and modern history. It is recommended over time 3 hours anyway are large and impressive as the tour. There aren't many tourists is quite extensive exhibition.
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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.