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The Best Specialty Museums in Istanbul

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Specialty museums in Istanbul

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    Rahmi M. Koc Museum , Istanbul
    4.8
    Board a 1944 U.S. naval submarine or enter the cabin of a propeller-driven aircraft at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, dedicated to Turkey's industrial
    Tours from $56
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    Explore the collection of classic American and European car designs at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum. In addition to cars, you can also see
    Tickets from $2
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    Museum of Innocence , Istanbul
    4.4
    Get transported inside a love story and learn about everyday city life in the 1970s at Museum of Innocence, inspired by the book of the same
    Tours from $64
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    4.7
    View calligraphic art, religious and state documents, and paintings of the Ottoman era at Sakip Sabanci Museum, housed in the former family h
    Tours from $130
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    Pera Museum , Istanbul
    4.6
    Get lost in the art-filled halls of Pera Museum, whose numerous galleries put a special focus on Orientalism in the 19th century. The buildin
    Tours from $45
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    Where to stay in Istanbul

    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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