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Istanbul Archaeological Museums

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Istanbul Archaeological Museums
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  • 3 hours
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Thousands of fascinating artifacts under one roof

34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
I would personally suggest the “Neyzade Restaurant” which is just a minute away from this site, and you could try the beautifully presented and delicious lamb dishes combined with excellent Turkish wine.
1) The museum is huge and you would need to take out a good 3 hours to cover all the sections completely.
2) Some sections of the museum are under renovation but inspite of this, there is plenty of things to see.
3) If you have a collective museum pass, you could use is it here.
4) Look out for a territory of old marble statues at the museum. It is definitely a sight worth watching apart from many other sections.
15 TL

Located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, The Istanbul Archaeological Museum is amongst the 10 most important world-class museums. It was opened to public viewing since the year 1891 and has seen a significantly rapid expansion since then. The museum houses over 3000 remains dating back to the ancient age from the Archaic to the Roman Era.


Different floors of the museum are sectioned according to their origin and historic value. Many of the remains placed here have been associated with the Greeks, Turkish and Roman empires. A lot of these historic remains are so massive in size, that they have to be positioned right outside the museum in the gardens. The museum has left no stone unturned in terms of the great variety of remains at display.


Moreover, at the “Tiled Kiosk Museum” one can also find a mosaic art section where one can easily get carried away catching a glimpse of the beautifully hand made mosaic tiles and vases. Around this section, the windows are designed with lightly stained glasses, which create an illusion effect on the walls of this museum.


These three different museums situated inside the garden, each hold a great ethnic value in the Turkish history.Since Turkey is so rich in archaeological remains, visiting this museum definitely makes a place on every travel lover’s list.

Opening hours

Open all days from 09:00 - 19:00

How to get there

The museum is located near the Topkapi Palace right in the city centre. Additionally, if you are taking a tram, your point of exit should be at the Gulhane station.