Istanbul Archeological Museum

The Past Uncovered

Housed in a triptych of buildings on the hillside below Topkapi Palace, the Istanbul Archeology Museum contains a treasure trove of finds both from abroad and from the city’s own past, including discoveries made during recent excavations to improve the local infrastructure. One building, the Tiled Pavilion (Cinili Kosk), is itself of enormous historic importance as one of the few structures to survive from the reign of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror.

On land that once formed part of Topkapi Palace, Istanbul Archaeology Museum (closed Mondays) is actually housed inside three separate buildings, each with its own individual character. The largest and most important is a portico ed building, called the Museum of Archaeology, which dates back to the time of Osman Hamdi Bey, the artist and archaeologist responsible for the foundation of the museum in 1881. The second, just inside the gate on the left-hand side, is the Museum of the Ancient Orient, which houses finds from areas that once formed part of the Ottoman Empire. The third, to the rear of the courtyard, is the delightful Tiled Pavilion (Cinili Kosk), originally built for Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1472. It houses a fine collection of ceramics but is worth visiting as much for its interior decoration as for its contents.
Although there’s a cafe in the grounds of the museum it’s rarely open. There’s a small and not very well stocked alternative in the Museum of Archaeology, so you may want to bring along your own refreshments.

Address : İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri Alemdar Cad. Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu Sk, 34122, Sultanahmet / Fatih, İSTANBUL Display this in a bigger map: İstanbul Archaeological Museums

How can i get to Istanbul Archeological Museum ?

Tramway : You may come to the İstanbul Archaeological Museum from the Gülhane station of the Kabataş-Bağcılar tram (Tramvay) line.

Ferry : If you are coming from the Anatolian side, you can reach the tram via ferry lines of Kadıköy-Eminönü and Üsküdar-Eminönü.

Bus : Additionally, from all around İstanbul, you may reach Eminönü via public (İETT) and privately owned (ÖHO) buses and come to the İstanbul Archaeological Museums via tram.

(Bus lines to Eminönü; 28, 28T, 30D, 325YK1, 399B, 399C, 399D, 46Ç, 92G, 26, 26A, 26B, 70KE, 70FE, 336E, 47, 47E, 33Y, 92C, 97A, 31E, 82, 92, 94, 146B, 33, 33B, 78, 32, 35, 80, 90, 91O, 36KE, 37E, 38E, EM1, EM2, 44B, 99, 54E, 66, 74, 74A, 36CE, 47Ç, 77Ç, 93, 81, 99A)

Parking : Since the İstanbul Archaeological Museums is located in the historic peninsula, its parking area for private vehicles is very limited. Thus, we recommend our visitors to use public transportation.

Visiting Hours and Hours of Operation :
09:00 – 19:00
Hours of Ticket Sales : 09:00 – 18:00
The museum is closed on Mondays.

Admission Ticket Price : 15 TL

For Non-Turkish Visitors: ·Children under 12 years old,
·Owners of ICOM, ICOMOS and UNESCO cards,
·Owners of Press Card,
·Disabled persons together with one attendant (with an obvious disability and/or by presentation of a document).
·Student groups affiliated with Comenius School Partners within the frame of Life-long Learning Program and the groups within the scope of Erasmus Student Exchange Program and the teachers accompanying these groups (Free of charge admission right will be given without seeking for presentation of an identity card by means of presenting the contracts to be concluded with the counter parties in our country).

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