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“Best Museum in Istanbul”

Istanbul Archaeological Museums
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Luxury Small-Group Tour of Imperial Istanbul Including Lunch
Ranked #26 of 1,090 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 25 July 2014

If you like history you can not miss this museum. There are too many highlights to list. It is MUST DO for any Istanbul trip for any history inclined person.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

What an amazing collection of sculpture and artefacts - really takes you back in time. The sarcophagus were beautiful, so were the busts of Alexander, Marcus Aurelius, Athena... and so much more. Really felt like a gallery of greats coming alive! I could only visit one wing in about 3 hours. To make the most of your ticket, give yourself a nice long viewing span. Spoiler alert: The Alexander Sarcophagus isn't really his.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Needs a bit of updating but stil has lots of really good ancient ruens of the many civilizations that started in Turkey.
Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Half the museum was closed, signage was poor, lighting was poor, overall presentation was lacking despite a lot of great stuff. Must see the small tile museum, it is beautiful!

Thank KIDone123
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

even though its a building site there are large sections still open. they have cut the price down to account the smaller selection yet it still seems to be big and a little confusing narrative. Along the way you forget that you are looking at over 8000 years of history. amazing.

Thank Chefsta1
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