Guided Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Tour

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The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum has the world's largest carpet collection. This is indeed a great place for antique and history lovers! There are carpets from the Seljuk Empire, Iran, and the Caucasus. And many impressive collections of hand-written calligraphy, imperial edicts, ancient Qurans, and other written works. 

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About The Guided Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Tour

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Duration - 30 Minutes  Check Time table to see starting times

Instant confirmation - No reservation is required

Guide - English

 

 

Highlights 

History of Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

Important Artifacts in Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

Damascus Documents

Old Door of the Cizre Ulu Camii

Carpets and Rugs Section

Religious Relics

Wooden Relics

19th Century Ethnography Exhibition

 

Includes

Entry to Islamic Arts Museum

Professional English-speaking tour 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

 

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum 

Visit the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and see the world's largest carpet collection including rare carpets from the Seljuk Empire, Iranian and Caucasian regions, collections of hand-written calligraphy, imperial edicts, ancient Qurans and many other written works. Admire the collections of wooden, glass, ceramic and stone articles by artists from former Islamic regions on display.

The museum was originally located in the soup kitchen of the Süleymaniye Mosque complex and later relocated to its current location in the İbrahim Paşa Palace, next to the Blue Mosque.

Hours & Meeting

Mondays: NO TOUR

Tuesdays: NO TOUR

Wednesday: NO TOUR

Thurdays to Sundays: 09:00

The approximate duration is 30 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 at the main bus stop for BUSFORUS ISTANBUL at Sultanahmet Square. Look out for the red double-decker buses. It's about 50 metres in front of the Hagia Sophia.

To get to Sultanahmet Square, take the T1 Bağılar - Kabataş tram and get off at Sultanahmet station. Museum is 5-10 minutes walks away.

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Important Information

The guided tours are performed in English.

The tour starts at the main bus stop for BUSFORUS ISTANBUL at Sultanahmet Square. Click "Get Directions" above to find the location on Google Maps.

The tour doesn't require a reservation in advance.

Istanbul Tourist Pass holders do not pay admission at the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum.

Children will be asked to present their passport at the entrance to confirm their age.

The museum is only open for half a day on the first day of Ramadan and the Sacrifice Festivals.

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About Turkish And Islamic Arts Museum

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is one of the most significant historical centers in all of Istanbul as it is the primary Turkish exhibition hall presenting many of the important examples of Turkish and Islamic art together. If you are keen on history, and/or doing an old city tour in Istanbul, don't miss this one and visit it during your time in Istanbul. To learn everything you need to know about the place, here are the history and some facts about Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum.
 

History of Turkish And Islamic Arts Museum

The building the museum is in today was built back in the 15th or 16th century during the reign of Bayezid II. When exactly it was constructed is unknown, but it is known that it was given to Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha by Suleiman the Magnificent, who was his second grand vizier. The place was named Ibrahim Pasha Palace and following the Ibrahim Pasha’s passing, the palace retained its name and became a government asset for the next 250 years. It was given to various government officials who were married into the royal family. Ibrahim Pasha Palace is the only private palace from the Ottomans that has survived until today except for some sultan palaces, so you can say building that houses Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is a historical artifact in itself.
Originally, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum was opened to visitors in the Suleymaniye Mosque’s social complex in 1913. It received its current name after the restoration work to transform the Ibrahim Pasha Palace to a museum. These restorations started in 1966 and lasted until 1981. In 1983, it officially opened its doors to visitors as Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and has been open to this date.


Important Artifacts in Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

There are many different sections in Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. Each section has enough artifacts to be a museum by itself with their many various artifacts. You should see all of them during your visit of the museum, but there are a couple of artifacts that stand out from the rest with their looks and/or their history.


Damascus Documents

Some of the earliest examples of the Islamic Art, these are important historical and religious documents. Various Qur’an parchments, documents about Damascus’ history, Qur’an roll manuscripts and documents on different Islamic arts are some of the highlights. 


Old Door of the Cizre Ulu Camii (Great Mosque)

Rescued from the Great Mosque in Cizre, this double wing door is believed to have belonged to Artuqids. It is covered with bronze plates and has a wooden skeleton. Its ornaments are made from brass sticks and plaques. There are 3 medallions that symbolize infinity with a twelve-armed star on the center on each wing of the door. On the middle of the both wings, you can see the door handles that have two dragons with a lion head on the middle. The epitaph that sits on top of the door is written in the thuluth font. 


Carpets and Rugs Section

One of the most striking sections is the carpets and rugs of varying sizes displayed in the huge saloons with display windows. Huge hand-woven Ottoman carpets are truly impressive and have unbelievable details. There are also carpets from Seljuk Turks displayed here, which are the only Seljuk carpets that survived until today. This collection that’s made of 13th to 20th century Ottoman and Seljuk carpets is one of the world’s best collections of hand-woven carpets. With enough observation, you can tell the fantastic stylistic differences between Ottoman and Seljuk carpets and rugs.


Religious Relics

To see some of the rarest artifacts regarding Islamic history, visit the religious relics section in Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. There are many different religious manuscripts, Qur’ans and epitaphs. This section also hosts the striking fragments of Prophet Muhammad’s beard and one of his footsteps, which draws a lot of Muslims from around the world. 


Wooden Relics

If you wish to witness the wooden arts of the 9-10th century Anatolia, visit the wooden relics segment. There are a wide range of examples of wooden craftsmanship from Anatolian Seljuks, Period of Principalities and Ottomans. There are wooden relics with inscriptions on them, different Qur'an parts, various Ottoman furniture like foot stools and drawers, some examples of marquetry and more.


19th Century Ethnography Exhibition

The museum’s ethnography part displays some of the important elements of the 19th century Istanbul such as traditional Ottoman clothes, Turkish baths, coffee houses, picnic areas and Karagoz & Hacivat shows.


How to Get to Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

The museum is in Sultan Ahmet Square, very close to the Blue Mosque, which is in the Fatih district of Istanbul. It is a very common place for both tourists and locals, so transportation is quite simple. The most common method is using the Kabatas – Bagcilar tramway and getting off at the Sultanahmet station. From there, it is a 5-minute walk.
To get to the Kabatas – Bagcilar tramway from the Asian side, you can use the ferries to Eminonu from Kadikoy or Uskudar.

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Guided Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Get in Turkish and Islamic Arts 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.

What is There to See in the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum?

You will find many ancient artifacts in the museum. Some of them include manuscripts, carpets, woodwork and more.

How to Get to the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum?

Museum is located in Sultanahmet Square. You can take the bagcilar-kabatas tram and get off at Sultanahmet station.

When Does the Museum Open?

Museum opens at 9 AM from Wednesday to Sunday, and opens at 11:30 AM at tuesdays. On Mondays, the museum is closed.

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