Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Price guide: Budget

Alemdar Caddesi, Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34122

Price guide: Budget

Istanbul Archaeological Museums
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Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Singles, Education, Escaping the crowds, History

Best for History - Expert review of Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Rich collection of classical and pre-classical antiquities from Turkey and the region.

Set in a peaceful part of the Topkapı Palace grounds, this complex of museums is rich with archaeological finds representing Babylonian, Persian, Anatolian, Egyptian, and other cultures. The impressive collection is not always well-labelled, unfortunately, but keep an eye out for the magnificent sarcophagi from Sidon (in modern-day Lebanon) and the world’s oldest peace treaty. The Tiled Pavilion holds a beautiful assortment of Turkish ceramics.

Price advice: 

Regular admission is 10 lira.

Expert tips: 
Kids can check out ancient Greek and Roman toys, and play inside a model Trojan horse, in the new Children’s Museum.

More information on Istanbul Archaeological Museums:

Price guide:
Alemdar Caddesi, Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34122
0212 527 27 00
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tue-Sun 9am-5pm. Last entry 4pm. Closed Mondays.

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