See the vast and impressive collection of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine works at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, one of the world's largest museums, featuring over one million pieces. This also happens to be the oldest in Turkey, as it opened to the public in 1891. The artifacts are housed in three different buildings that make up the complex: the main building, or Archaeological Museum, Museum of the Ancient Orient, and Museum of Islamic Art. Consider combining your visit with other nearby sites, like the Topkapi Palace. Use our Istanbul trip site to visit Istanbul Archaeological Museum on your trip to Istanbul, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Istanbul Archaeological Museum reviews
With over a hundred thousand pieces and 4,000+ years of history The Istanbul Archaeological Museum spreads across three buildings including the Museum of the Ancient Orient and Tiled Pavilion...
With over a hundred thousand pieces and 4,000+ years of history The Istanbul Archaeological Museum spreads across three buildings including the Museum of the Ancient Orient and Tiled Pavilion... more »
I have visited many archaeological museums but this one ranks in the top 3. Stunning collection, beautifully laid out and lit. Nice details in English. The garden is also wonderful. Sadly The Museum..... more
I have visited many archaeological museums but this one ranks in the top 3. Stunning collection, beautifully laid out and lit. Nice details in English. The garden is also wonderful. Sadly The Museum..... more »
So many amazing ancient sculptures and art pieces. Civilizations across thousands of years represented in well preserved exhibits.
So many amazing ancient sculptures and art pieces. Civilizations across thousands of years represented in well preserved exhibits. more »
Very cool museum with many ancient artifacts. I only wish that there was more to see and more detailed exhibits. Many placards had only limited information. Also, they keep the lights very dim throughout the museum, I assume to preserve the nature of many of the artifacts, but it would have been nice to be able to see things in a better light. Still it’s worth a trip if you’re into ancient history.
Perhaps the best part of my Turkey visit. Expansive, educational and elaborate collection of artifacts displayed tastefully and with great detail of information. The Museum has several sections so one can easily spend an entire day here. The Sarcophagus displays, statue displays and the section about Troy are fascinating. Worth getting the audio tour for extra information as its missing on many pieces. There's a nice cafe outside to relax after the tour. The ticket queue was unnaturally slow and could have been a lot better
One of my favorite museums during stay in Istanbul. Collection of it is astonishing. I don't know why it is not on top list of must visit places of Istanbul, but it is great. Also, because it is not among top attractions in Istanbul it's not overcrowded and you can calmly walk among this gemstones and enjoy.
It's quite an impressive museum, much better than anticipated. There is a couple of amazing things there, and the museum itself feels new and freshly renovated. Everything is in English, but the line to buy tickets will take up at least 30 minutes of your time.
Great museum. Lots of exhibits, one more interesting than the other and a perfect organization. Definitely worth a visit, preferably with a personal guide, but in any case, without haste. It takes about two hours to see and admire all its artifacts, starting with the wonderful sarcophagi and continuing with the splendid Roman and Greek statues, the pottery of ancient Greece, the jewelry of Asia Minor and the coins of Byzantium. Super !
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