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Istanbul Archaeological Museums
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Luxury Small-Group Tour of Imperial Istanbul Including Lunch
Ranked #26 of 1,105 things to do in Istanbul
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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 18 June 2014

It's a great museum, but be aware that (as of late May/early June 2014) a number of galleries are closed for a major refurbishing. It was still worth the trip and we especially enjoyed the "Tiled Kiosk Museum" (actually a palace) with a brilliant collection of Ottoman tiles and other ceramic work. It's right across from the main entrance to the museum and might just be the favorite part of your visit. One admission covers both.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

While it wasn't the plan to visit, we were sure happy that we did take the time as it was wonderful. There are artifacts from a number of eras including items dating back to 2,500 BC. It shows you the various cultures that have built Istanbul. Our plan was to visit Topaki and the Sophia museum, but with our pass it allowed us 6 venues and one of the best was the Archaeological Museum. All the venues were within close proximity to each other. We spent 2 days and the pass at 85 TL saves a good amount of money.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

As with any sizable museum, it is impossible to cover every single exhibits and details in a matter of a day. There are so much to see in this museum despite certain sections were closed for restoration works. Even before one enters the Archaeological Museum proper, there is the tiled kiosk museum (Cinili Kosk) in a separate building that houses some of the most beautiful tiles and pottery of Iznik and other parts of Turkey.

Some of the important exhibits not to be missed are: the Treaty of Kadesh, Sidon Royal Necropolis including the Alexander Sarcophagus, and the various artifacts in the section "Istanbul through the ages". One can really appreciate the significance of Turkey in the human civilisation by walking through this museum.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

This is a wonderful museum and it is worth spending a half day here. The Museum is in 3 buildings and all are worth a visit. There are wonderful sarcophagi in the main building and early Babylonian friezes in the 1st builing on your left as you enter

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I honestly was not interested visiting this museum before the trip. That was until our local friend told us he was extremely impressed with the museum. So we went to visit and it is truly impressive. This museum shows you that Istanbul is really a cross road of different cultures, such as Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and others. It holds many interesting artifacts and has very interesting information on some of the ancient sites.

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