İstanbul Archaeological Museums is located in the slope of the Osman Hamdi Bey,the way from Gulhane Park to the Topkapı Palace in Sultanahmet. İstanbul Archaeological Museum is among the richest museums in the world today with its collection of over one million pieces that carry traces of various periods and cultures in the world history. It was also Turkey's first museum.
The Istanbul Archaeology Museums consists of three museums.
1. Archaeological Museum (in the main building) :
Where is Archeological Museum ? : It forms the main body of the Archaeological Museums of Istanbul. It exhibits the most well-known items such as the Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, and Sarcophagus of Crying Women, as well as numerous artefacts from successive Anatolian civilisations.
2. The Tiled Kiosk ( Çinili Köşk ) Museum :
Where is The Tiled Kiosk ( Çinili Köşk ) ? : The museum opposite the Archeology Museum. Its name is derived from the tile mosaics on its facade. And as its name suggests, it exhibits tiles and ceramic artefacts from the Seljuk and Ottoman periods.
3. Museum of the Ancient Orient :
Where is Museum of the Ancient Orient ? : At the entrance of the Archeological Museums the first building on the left is the Museum of Ancient Orient. This museum houses rare artefacts collected from the Ottoman territory before the First War, from lands such as Egypt, Syria and Palestine, as well as Anatoliaon finds. The most important item held in the museum is the Kadesh Peace Treaty, which is known to the oldest recorded treaty in the world. Also there are almost 75.000 cuneiform tablets, making the museum an important resource for this type of artefact.
Address : Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu Sokak, Gülhane, İstanbul, Türkiye
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Collection works of fine arts is a tradition in Ottoman begun during the reign of Fatih Sultan Mehmet.
The Museum of Archeology was founded in June 13, 1891 , with the title of Imperial Museum ( Müze-i Hümayun ) commissioned by archeologist, painter and curator Osman Hamdy Bey. The main building of the museum was built by Alexander Vallaury. The facade of the building was inspired by the Alexander Sarcophagus and Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women, both housed inside the Museum.
The Tiled Kiosk ( Çinili Köşk ) was commissioned by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1472. It is one of the oldest structures in Istanbul featuring Ottoman civil architecture built with Seljuk impresssion, in İstanbul. It was used as the Imperial Museum (Muze-i Humayun) between 1875 and 1891. The Tiled Kiosk Museum which was tied to the Istanbul Archeological Museums in 1981.
The Museum of The Ancient Orient was built as Academy of Fine Arts( Sanay-i Nefise Mekteb-i Alisi) in 1883, again by te period's famous architect Alexandre Vallaury commissioned by Osman Hamdy Bey, and it served as a school for a long time. It was turned into a museum between the years of 1917-1919. The museum was reorganized through restoration and rearrangement of displays in line with the contemporary museology approach between the years of 1963-1974 and 1998-2000.
The Istanbul Archaeology Museums has numerous artefacts. You can spend lots of time if you look carefully. In Summary there is great place.
Winter season - 09:00 - 17:00
Summer season - 09:00 - 19:00
The Museum is closed on Mondays.