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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)

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Address: At Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:46, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 518 1805
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum showcases Islamic calligraphy, tiles...

The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum showcases Islamic calligraphy, tiles and rugs and recreates rooms or dwellings from Turkish cultures, particularly nomadic groups.

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Close to the Blue Mosque. Lots of historic artifacts and good exposition. It was well maintained and not crowded. Worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Long Beach, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent five full days in Istanbul and the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum was probably the most underwhelming portion of my trip. The pieces were not that interesting and it was a bit sparse. I think it was even more a let down after having been to the spectacular Islamic art exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in... More 

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Bialystok, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe the most precious ones are in this museum besides treasure part of Topkapı Palace ! It is situated next to Hippodrome square ! Must visit

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Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is probably not a must-see sight, but it´s inviting and modern with attractive and interesting displays that will delight you particularly if you are interested in historic books and miniatures. It´s located inside the historic Ibrahim Pasha Palace, it doesn´t seem overcrowded and is ideal for a rainy day. Unfortunately some of the displays... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For a museum that claims to house one of the largest collections of Islamic arts in the world, there's not actually that much to see. There isn't enough narrative either. Worth popping in if you are in the SultanAhmet area and have a museum pass.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

This could have been fascinating but it's let down by confusing summaries of the period covered ( in poor English) and minimal information on the displays ( for example: Carpet ). There must be a fascinating story behind every item shown but they did not tell us. It became dry and repetitive and, so disappointing.

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This is wonderful museum and I would definitely recommend. I wish I had longer to go around the museum. You will need at least 2 to 3 hours to go round and read the history behind Turkey and the see the beautiful art.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Close to the Blue Mosque. Lots of historic artifacts and good exposition. It was well maintained and not crowded. Worth a visit.

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

It is hard to even imagine the incredible types of unique art objects in this museum. Staff was friendly, hours convenient, and exhibits absolutely mesmerizing.

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

It holds many artefacts of islamic art, mainly Qu'uran books of all types, sizes and eras. Also some pottery, carpets and other interesting objects. I would expect something extra (maybe more variation), but still worth the visit I believe.

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Lugoj, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

The museum is well maintained and contains a collection of Islamic art from different periods of history. It is located in Sultanahmet area , near the Blue Mosque. The entrance fee is 25 TL. Entry is free with Museum Pass.

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