Istanbul Archaeological Museums

Address: Alemdar Caddesi, Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34122, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 527 27 00

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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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • Escaping the crowds
  • History