Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Istanbul

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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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  • Turkey is on the the crossroads of Europe and Asia and as such has more Roman artifacts and ruins than Italy, and more Greek artifacts than Greece AND they are in better condition. This in-tact... 
    Turkey is on the the crossroads of Europe and Asia and as such has more Roman artifacts and ruins than Italy, and more Greek artifacts than Greece AND they are in better condition. This in-tact...  more »
  • The collection of statues from ancient periods is magnificent! Seems it is better than those in Vatican and Uffizi. 
    The collection of statues from ancient periods is magnificent! Seems it is better than those in Vatican and Uffizi.  more »
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  • Very spacious museum with vast number of collections. Be ready to walk a lot. Many tombs, monuments, jewelry and coin exhibits. Egyptian mummies, research area, even the way to the toilet is full of historical pieces. Museum card let you pass without waiting in a line. It’s in the heart of historical center , close to the beautiful park with storks.
  • I have mixed feelings about this museum. Based on some of the newer signs, it’s possible they plan on renovating more. In the meantime , they gave some really cool things but without adequate/ exciting signage. I didn’t have the audio guide, just my own Rick Steves book which gave me the most info. Collection wise the sarcophagi are the highlight, so amazing. Great collection of Roman statues, and Troy relics. The directions and maps were not great. The entry map shows an accessible ramp into the museum which is contains the worst of their cobblestones, and then at the top the door is locked and no one answers. Don’t say your accessible if you’re not. I saw a poor family carrying their sons wheelchair up the stairs while he lay on the ground. Inside I asked about the elevator and I was told it was not working during the renovation. After walking up the stairs and going to the other end, I find a working elevator. For anyone needing a WC, the only accessible one is outside in the back of the courtyard.

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