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“Millions of artifacts from various civilization - world's biggest.”

Istanbul Archaeological Museums
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Ranked #66 of 1,123 things to do in Istanbul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of the world's largest museums with over one million works. Opened to the public in 1891, it houses a collection of Greek, Roman and Byzantine artifacts.
Reviewed 23 July 2011

At last I've convinced myself entering the archeology museum in Istanbul! And, am I so glad I did.

Consisting of three museums, the Istanbul Archeology Museum is located before the Topkapi Palace and on the upper side of the beautiful Gulhane Park.

It is one of the must-see sight in Istanbul, and I just foiund out about that!!! . It could consume half of your day or even a whole day to see this huge museum housing more than a million of artifacts representing various world civilizations --- or almost all THE civilizations. If that doesn't sound interesting enough, I don't know what. You really have to see it. Small stuff, huge stuff. Those huge sarcophagi -- intricately carved and intelligently designed, esp. the sarcophagus of Alexander - truly impressive. The amount of treasures displayed in 3 buildings is marvelous.

A small coffee shop on the side or infront of the museum entrance overlooking the Gulhane Park down below, very expensive hot bev and croissants, but nice atmosphere, like sipping your coffee amidst the ruins.

The museum building consist of the Archaeological Museum which is in the main building, the Museum of the Ancient Orient, and the Museum of Islamic Art in the Tiled Kiosk.

Besides its importance as the “first Turkish museum”, it has an importance and specialty of being one of the museum buildings that are constructed as a Museum in the World. Today, it still protects its outstanding place in the World’s biggest museums with its displays of more than a million belonging to various cultures.

Entry Fee = TL10 only -------- which for me is more value than the separate entry fee for the harem part of the Topkapi Palace. Save that for this one.

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Reviewed 15 July 2011

We loved our time at the museum and in fact spent half a day here. Had we not become quite overwhelmed with the overall scale of the place we could have spent longer1
The buildings housing the exhibits are magnificent in their own right and the grounds are a lovely place to wander and ponder what is on display.
We would recommend hiring the headphones so that you can get a comprehensive understanding of the items on display as you wander through.
Alexander's sarcophagus is specatcular and we loved the Tiled Pavilion (Çinli Kösk)

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Reviewed 7 July 2011

I absolutely love the Istanbul Archaeology Museum as a study of the expression of art dating as far back as Alexander the Great. There is so much to see and reflect on the expression of civilization at any given time. For anyone that has a passion for history, this is a fascinating museum. I have been to the Acropolis Museum in Athens, which is beautifully designed, and by comparison, this museum, because the artifacts are so different, will hold any patron's full attention.

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Reviewed 22 June 2011

A must see for archeology lovers. The exhibits provide a view into the Anatolian culture from all perspectives.

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Reviewed 11 June 2011

This museum is gigantic and hard to figure out. You go up and down and around, it's huge! Not many explanations so you get a bit lost and there is sooooooooo much stuff, it's too much to appreciate. It sounds strange to say that but it was a bit overwhelming and it didn't feel like they put much effort into the displays (except for the special exhibits).
But make sure you see the other two buildings at the same place: the Ancient Orient museum and the Ceramics museum. The first one IS interesting and well done (much much much smaller) and the second is absolutely gorgeous! If you like ceramics, you won't be disappointed.

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