Guided Archeological Museum Tour

Guided Museums Tours

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Are you ready to explore the Istanbul Archeological Museums?

Are you ready to have a great time and witness different cultures in one of the world's largest museums? The Istanbul Archeological Museums is one of the best places to visit in Istanbul. It has many objects from the pre-Islamic periods of Anatolia and Mesopotamia's Greek, Egyptian, and Arabian Peninsulas.

It is very easy to visit this memorable place with the Istanbul Tourist Pass! The collection of the Istanbul Archeological Museum will impress you with its uniqueness. Do not leave Istanbul without visiting witness to the cradle of civilizations.

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About The Guided Archeological Museum Tour

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Duration - 90 Minutes  Check Time table to see starting times.

Skip the ticket line - No lines!

Instant confirmation - Istanbul Tourist Pass holders do not pay admission.

Live tour guide - English

 

Highlights 

Statue of Hermes

Statue of Aphrodite

Archaic Temple Pediment from Assos

Ancient Greek Exhibition

Siloam Inscription

Virgin Mary Relief

Roman Emperor II. Valentine's Statue

Mari Governor Puzur Ishtar

Sarcophagy Porphyry Stones of Byzantine Emperors

The original text of the Treaty of Kadesh, signed in BC 1258

Mesopotamian Statues

Babylon Reliefs

Palmyra Reliefs

Bust of Marcus Aurelius from Rome

A panel from the Ishtar Gate in Babylon

Kybele Statue from Bitínia

Nippur, the Ancient Egyptian Measure of Length


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Entrance to Istanbul Archeological Museums 

Guide

 

Covid-19 precautions

Safety - All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

Social - Distancing is maintained in museums

Mask - Wearing mask is mandatory during museum visit

Limited Visitors - To reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited

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Istanbul Archeological Museum

The Istanbul Archeological Museums are among the largest museums in the world, with over one million artifacts from various cultures. Since you can see many objects from the pre-Islamic periods of the Greek, Egyptian, and Arabian Peninsula of Anatolia and Mesopotamia, this museum is one of the best places to visit in Istanbul.

It was established as the Imperial Museum at the end of the 19th century by the painter and museologist Osman Hamdi Bey. Istanbul Archeological Museums' collection includes artifacts from civilizations within the borders of the Ottoman Empire, from the Balkans to Africa, from Anatolia and Mesopotamia to the Arabian Peninsula and Afghanistan.

Hours & Meeting

Monday and Tuesday: NO TOUR

Wednesday to Sunday: 3:00 PM

The approximate duration is 90 minutes Please meet your guide at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time.

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How To Get There?

Where To Meet

The tour starts in front of the Carpet Museum (Halı Müzesi), opposite the entrance to Topkapı Palace. Please meet the guide there.

Getting there

Take the T1 Bağılar - Kabataş tram and get off at Sultanahmet station. The meeting point is an easy five minute walk away, behind the Hagia Sophia Museum.

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Important Information

Skip-the-line is available only with a certificated tour guide.

Istanbul Tourist Pass holders do not pay admission.

You can not enter the museum without tour guide.

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All About Guided Archeological Museum Tour

Istanbul Archaeological Museum

Istanbul Archaeological Museum, is located in the main building of the facilities of Istanbul Archaeological Museums near the other units as Tiled Kiosk and the Museum of the Ancient Orient. Istanbul Archaeological Museum, which is one of Turkey’s first museums, is a legacy from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. Although the first emergence of the idea of the museum dates back to the time of Mehmed the Conqueror, its actual realization was with the establishment of the Imperial Museum in 1869. The Hümâyun Museum, which consists of archaeological artifacts collected until that day in the Hagia Irene Church, formed the basis of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. While visiting Istanbul Archaeological Museum you may also stop by Hagia Irene Museum which has a special place for the history of the city. Saffet Pasha, the Minister of Education of the period, made personal efforts to bring works to the museum, and at the same time, one of the teachers of Galatasaray High School, Edward Goold, of English origin, was appointed as the museum director. In 1872, the Minister of Education Ahmed Vefik Pasha re-established the Hümâyun Museum, which had been abolished for a while, with the help of German Dr. Phillip Anton Dethier. As a result of Dr. Dethier's work, the Hagia Irene Church was insufficient for the newly arrived works, but a new building could not be built due to financial difficulties. The "Tiny Pavilion", which was built during the reign of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, was converted into a museum and added to the museum complex in 1880. It took time for the museum to become world-renowned. In 1881, Osman Hamdi Bey, the son of the grand vizier Edhem Pasha, became the director of the museums, and the attempts to find artifacts to be displayed in the museum gained momentum.

 

Building of the Istanbul Archaeological Museum

The Istanbul Archaeology Museum’s architecture belongs to Alexander Vallury. The building was built due to the need for a new museum to exhibit magnificent works such as the Iskender Tomb, the Crying Women's Tomb, the Lycian Tomb, and the Tabnit Tomb, which were brought to Istanbul from the Sidon King Necropolis. The museum was officially opened on 13 June 1891. June 13rd, when the museum is opened to visitors, is celebrated as the museum day in Turkey. With the addition of the north wing in 1903 and the south wing in 1907 to the Archeology Museum complex, the museum gained its present appearance. Due to the need for new exhibition halls, an addition was made to the southeast adjacent to the Main Museum building between 1969 and 1983, and this section was named the Annex Building. The building, which has witnessed an important part of history, is waiting to host you with its fascinating texture. With Istanbul Tourist Pass, you can visit Istanbul Archaeological Museum with guided tours and without paying for entrance. Artifacts in the Istanbul Archeological Museum This uniquely beautiful building, where you will step into the dusty pages of history as soon as you enter, is home to many ancient artifacts. There are approximately 1 million artifacts in the museum and it contains artifacts from all over the world, most of which are from Turkey. It is hardly possible not to admire the unique artifacts from Mesopotamia and Anatolia. Especially the ancient Greek exhibition will make you feel as if you are wandering among the ancient Greek gods, taking you away from today's world with its mysterious and awe-inspiring hue. Some of the most famous artifacts in the museum are:
  • Statue of Hermes
  • Statue of Aphrodite
  • Archaic Temple Pediment from Assos
  • Ancient Greek Exhibition
  • Siloam Inscription
  • Virgin Mary Relief
  • Roman Emperor II. Valentinian's Statue
  • Mari Governor Puzur Ishtar
  • Sarcophagy Porphyry Stones of Byzantine Emperors
  • The original text of the Treaty of Kadesh, signed in BC 1258
  • Mesopotamian Statues
  • Babylon Reliefs
  • Palmyra Reliefs
  • Bust of Marcus Aurelius from Rome
  • A panel from the Ishtar Gate in Babylon
  • Kybele Statue from Bitínia
  • Nippur, the Ancient Egyptian Measure of Length


Orpheos Statue

Orpheus, who appeared as a mythological character, became a school of its own over time and was associated with Jesus in Christian art. In the root of this, Orpheus, who tamed all the animals with various musical instruments he played during his lifetime, lost his lover with the bite of a snake. Due to the deep sadness he experienced, he was given the chance to go to the underworld and bring his lover. But Orpheus, who lost his lover again in this unfortunate experience, devotes himself to preaching only to men. Because of this dedication, Orpheus, who is associated with Jesus, appears in some works with descriptions similar to Jesus the Good Shepherd. Orpheus is depicted sitting and with an animal next to him, in the statue. The details of his dress are made with a few flush scratches rather than elaborate details. The depiction was completed with the face and hair drawing, which are widely seen in classical Roman art of the era.


Alexander Sarcophagus

The Sayda Sarcophagi are the sarcophagi of the kings' tombs in Sidon, unearthed by Osman Hamdi Bey in 1887. Seven of the 18 sarcophagi found in the necropolis were left in place, and the others were brought to Istanbul upon a very meticulous study. The most important of the invaluable sarcophagi is the Alexander Sarcophagus, and the oldest is the Tabnit Sarcophagus. Apart from this, other important sarcophagi are the Sarcophagus of Crying Women, the Lycian Sarcophagus and the Sarcophagus of Satrap. The Alexander Sarcophagus is considered the most important artifact in the Istanbul Archaeological Museums. According to some archaeologists, this priceless artifact is the symbol of Istanbul. You can enjoy seeing this and similar works that are exhibited in the Istanbul Archeology Museum.

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Guided Archeological Museum Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Visit the Istanbul Archaeological Museum?

You can have the chance to see many of the works you read in the books in this wonderful museum, which provides an extraordinary experience for history buffs. It is one of the most important landmarks of Istanbul, in a building that dates to the Ottoman.

Can I Get in Archeological Museum with Istanbul Tourist Pass?

No, this attraction cannot be accessed directly by presenting the digital Pass at the museum. You need to enter with the tour guide. Also This tour is combined with Museum of the Ancient Orient and Tiled Pavilion Museum.

Where Can I Meet With the Guide?

You can find meeting location at "Hours & Meeting" section, our guides carry a white flag with the logo of Istanbul Tourist Pass®

When I Can Join the Museum Tour with a Guide?

You can find tour hours at "Hours & Meeting" section. Please meet your guide at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time.

Istanbul Archaeological Museum Opening Hours

Istanbul Archeological Museum is open every day, from 09:00 in the summer and to 19:30 in the evening. In the winter season, it opens at 09:00 and closes at 17:30.

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