Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

Address: Atmeydanı Sokak No. 46, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 518 18 05

- Budget


Fine collection of carpets, ceramics, and other traditional crafts.

Nicely arranged and rarely crowded, vizier Ibrahim Paşa’s old 16th-century palace hosts a broad selection of beautiful works of art and craft, from massive wall-sized carpets to tiny Korans and Persian miniatures, plus fine examples of ceramics, calligraphy, and woodcarvings. There’s also a slightly cheesy, but interesting, section of dioramas depicting life in a variety of traditional dwellings.

Value for money

Price advice

Regular admission is 10 lira.

Expert tips

Relax over a cup of Turkish coffee in the extremely pleasant courtyard café. Ask for your coffee “az şekerli” to get just a bit of sugar; “çok şekerli” if you like it very sweet.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture