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Istanbul Archaeology Museum

Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

Osman Hamdi Bey YokuÅŸu Sokak
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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Overall Experience: 8 / 10
Date Visited: Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Istanbul Archeology Museum is a large museum in the old part of Istanbul, very close to Topkapi Palace. It contains many, many artifacts. The vast majority of them weren't labeled very well, which made me realize how little I knew of world history. There were lots of general displays with information, but we found the text to be very long and boring.

I felt that I could have gotten a lot more out of this museum if I had a better understanding of what I was looking at. There were countless objects located inside the museum - far too many to look at and fully appreciate in just one day.

Although the museum is made up of three separate buildings, the main building is the one that contains the greatest number of things to look at. The other buildings are pretty small, and can be looked at pretty quickly.

The main building really has a ton of stuff inside it. There was a huge series of rooms that contained different sarcophagus's - including the Alexander Sarcophagus.


Visitors pay 5 YTL per person to enter. Cameras and video cameras are permitted in most areas.

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If you're a big history buff and like museums like this, you could really spend all day here and still not see everything. We found that two hours was sufficient to walk around to most areas in the museum and glance at everything.

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