Istanbul Archaeological Museums
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The Istanbul Archaeological Museums (İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri) contains over 2,000 artifacts from Before the Christ to the 20th century over three buildings: The Archaeological Museum, Museum of the Ancient Orient, and the Tiled Kiosk Museum. Osman Hamdi Bey, a famous 19th-century painter and archaeologist, was the museum’s first director and curator who contributed greatly to growing the diverse collections under the Ottoman Empire. Today, visitors to the museums can view items from the Prehistoric and Archaic periods, the Roman Empire, and the Seljuk and Ottoman eras. Exhibits also cover collections from Egypt, Mesopotamia and Anatolia – including displays of Pre-Islamic Arab art. Noted pieces include the Sarcophagus of Alexander, the Sarcophagus of the Crying Women, the Tabnit Sarcophagus, and part of the bronze snake's head from the 2,500-year-old Serpentine Column located in the Istanbul's Hippodrome.
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Based on 3458 Travellers Review
Nov 5, 2016
If you are a history fan, don't miss this! This is not just one museum but three, namely the Museum of Archaeology, Ancient Orient Museum and the Tiled Kiosk Museum. The museum houses pieces from... read more>>
Nov 5, 2016
Quite a shame, and after I managed to convince my traveling buddies to give this a whirl - not to mention the waste of our Museum Pass (we are "kiasu" South-East Asians; we even visited Hagia Irene... read more>>
Nov 2, 2016
My husband and I had a really enjoyable visit. All of the attractions have an English description. I really like Egyptian history, so it was really entertaining. The only reason we have given it 4... read more>>
Oct 29, 2016
Arthur D
Great place to get a fast tour of history for this section of the world. The exhibits are well done with great explanations in English. Plan on 1-2 hours in the museum which is adjacent to Topkapi... read more>>
Oct 28, 2016
Andrew R
The museum was undergoing some renovations when we visited, but nevertheless was still well worth a visit, several buildings surround a garden with a coffee shop, there is an excellent exhibition of... read more>>
Alemdar Cad. Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu Sok. 34122, Gülhane, Fatih, İstanbul
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