Istanbul Archeological Museums

This past Saturday we took the tram to Gülhane Park to see the Archaeology Museum. Technically there are three museums in the complex: the Archaeology Museum, the Ancient Orient Museum, and the Tiled Kiosk Museum. One ticket gets you into all three.

We only had time to enter the Archeology Museum. The kids were interested for a little while and then they became hungry. But we did get to see many interesting sarcophagi and statues.

Afterwards we ate lunch at a nearby restaurant. Since the kids were disappointed the restaurant was out of dondurma (ice cream) for dessert, we walked across the street to a small shop. Lo and behold they had ice cream. And there was much rejoicing.

We strolled through Gülhane Park with the rest of the Turks and tourists, while the kids enjoyed their ice cream. It was a mostly sunny day. We wandered and found a different entrance from the one we entered and emerged near the Sirkeci train station. The station has a stop on the newly-fabled Marmaray, the subway line that goes under the Bosphorus. We have yet to take a ride on it. We need to do that before we leave just to say we did it. The funny things is, we have to go out of our way to do it because the four stations currently open on that line are far from where we live.

My wife and I will return some time soon on a weekday, without the kids, so we can wander some more. Also, it won’t cost us anything. Because one other thing I did was get my Müzekart. I got my Müzekart because I’m a legal resident of Turkey. For 50 lira I can now enter many museums throughout Turkey as often as I like for the next year. Not a bad deal, eh?

Here are some of things we saw.

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Alexander Sarcophagus (no, Alexander the Great was not put in that sarcophagus)

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Sidamara Sarcophagus

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Detail of a Roman floor mosaic

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Detail of a sarcophagus

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Alexander the Great

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Hermaphroditus

caryatid

Caryatid

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Sappho

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Marcus Aurelius

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Cornelia Antonia

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Bell from Galata Tower

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Gülhane Park

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9 thoughts on “Istanbul Archeological Museums

  1. Gosh … I honestly had no idea. I’ve wanted to go to Istanbul (of course), but you forget sometimes what a treasure trove it is of history. This was a nice post !

  2. I loved visiting the Archaeology Museum in Istanbul! What a great collection- and the buildings are quite beautiful as well 🙂

    • Yes, indeed, the buildings themselves are beautiful. One wing of the Archeology Museum was closed for renovations. So part of the building is covered in scaffolding right now.

  3. This makes me want to go back to Turkey.

  4. The Müzekart sounds like an incredible deal! I’d like to visit more museums around here, but it gets expensive, even when you buy a membership.

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