Istanbul Archaeology Museum
Istanbul Archaeology Museum

The Istanbul Archaeological Museum, is located in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet neighborhood, on the Osman Hamdi Bey slope connecting the Gülhane Park with the Topkapı Palace. Its name is plural, since there are three different museums under the same administration: The Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Orient Museum (Eski Sark Eserleri Müzesi) and Tiled Kiosk Museum (Cinili Kosk Müzesi).

  • Archaeological Museum (in the main building) ; was built by Osman Hamdi Bey.
  • Ancient Orient Museum: It displays Anatolian pieces from Hittite empires and pre-Islamic items collected from the Ottoman Empire.
  • Museum of Islamic Art ( Tiled Kiosk of Sultan Mehmet Conqueror.) It was built in 1472 as an outer pavilion of Topkapı Palace.

It houses over one million objects that represent almost all of the eras and civilizations in world history.

Istanbul Archaeology Museum has a large collection of Turkish, Roman artifacts and Hellenistic. The most prominent artifacts exhibited in the museum include:

  • Alexander Sarcophagus, found in the necropolis of Sidon
  • Sarcophagus of the Crying Women, also found in Sidon
  • Sarcophagi of Tabnit and the Satrap
  • The Lycian tomb, a monumental tomb
  • Glazed tile images from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon
  • Statues from ancient antiquity until the end of the Roman Era, from Aphrodisias, Ephesus and Miletus
  • Statue of an Ephebos
  • Parts of statues from the Temple of Zeus found at Bergama
  • Statue of a lion, the only piece saved from the hands of British archaeologists in the Mausoleum of Maussollos
  • Snake’s head from the Serpentine Column erected in the Hippodrome of Constantinople
  • Mother-Goddess Cybele and votive stelai
  • Busts of Alexander the Great and Zeus
  • Fragments from the temple of Athena at Assos
  • Troy exhibit
  • 800,000 Ottoman coins, seals, decorations and medals
  • One of the three known tablets of the Treaty of Kadesh.
  • The obelisk of the Assyrian king Adad-nirari III
  • Tablet archive containing some 75,000 documents with cuneiform inscriptions
  • Artifacts from the early civilizations of Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Arabia and Egypt
  • Siloam inscription, which made headlines in July 2007 when Israel asked for its return

Visitor Information

Admission Fee: 10 TL ( around $6,5 )

Hours : Open daily between 09:00-17:00 except Mondays.

Address / Location : İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri Alemdar Cad. Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu Sk, 34122, Sultanahmet / Fatih, ISTANBUL

Tel : +90 212 527 27 00

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Photo Gallery

Ancient Greek exhibition of the museum
Ancient Greek exhibition of the museum
The Alexander Sarcophagus, found at the Necropolis of Sidon
The Alexander Sarcophagus, found at the Necropolis of Sidon

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