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Cankurtaran Mh., Alemdar Cad, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul Province, Turkey
All days of the week except Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

about istanbul archaeology museums

Istanbul Archaeology Museums is a group of 3 archaeological museums including the Archaeological Museum (main building), Museum of the Ancient Orient and Museum of Islamic Art. Tracing back its origin, it was established in 1891 by decree and it was known as Imperial Museum during its initial days. However, the present neo-gothic structure was built in the year 1908 by Alexander Vallaury who also designed some of the other famous buildings of Istanbul.

It has the distinction of being the 1st museum to have a collection of Turkish art and so it deserve a special mention here. Osman Hamdi Bey was the the 1st curator and founder of the museum and its ownership passed into different hands over several years. The collection here boasts of artefacts such as Alexander Sarcophagus, Sarcophagi of Tabnit, Sarcophagus of the Crying Women, Mother-Goddess Cybel, The Troy exhibit, Busts of Zeus and Alexander the Great, 800,000 Ottoman decorations, medals, seals, coins among other items. With so much to learn and explore, the museum is definitely worth a visit.

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