Museums in Istanbul

A selection of interesting museums for a city trip to Istanbul: between history, art and technology.

From history to modernity

On the Bosphorus, Istanbul is the combination of modernity, history and culture.

The highlights include the Topkapi Palace, which has been converted into a museum, including the Harem, the Istanbul Archaeological Museums with exhibits from all over the Orient, and the Hagia Sophia.

Art lovers visit the Istanbul Modern Museum with IMOGA, Pera and the Elgiz Museum.

A tour through the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum right across from the Blue Mosque is also one of the classics in Istanbul.

Technology fans visit the Rahmi M. Koc Museum and the Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam.


History


Museums with a connection to Istanbul’s history

The Topkapi Palace, whose name is derived from

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The magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace dates back to the

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The once mightiest church of early Christianity is

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The City Museum is located in the Fine

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The private museum of the industrial magnate Vehbi

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The former church of Pammakaristos monastery is located

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The Yerebatan Cistern, also known as the "Sunken

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Hagia Irene - the "Church of Holy Peace"

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Chora church was built between 527 and 575

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Country and culture


Way of life, culture and belief in Turkey

“To read beautiful calligraphy is like smelling the

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The museum of the founder of the state

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Istanbul's oldest dervish monastery, the Galata Mevlevihanesi, which

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The Museum of Turkish Jews, founded on the

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Some time ago, with the idea of opening

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Art and modernity


From contemporary Turkish art to exhibitions from the past.

Located in the Beyoglu district, Pera Museum is

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“To read beautiful calligraphy is like smelling the

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You cannot admire art in a more beautiful

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Santral Istanbul is a hip arts and cultural

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Enjoying a unique location, the museum opened in

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Burhan Cahit Doğançay was an important artist of

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Technology


Turkish history of technology, seafaring and past

Opened in 1994, the Rahmi Koç Museum is

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The Military Museum is one of the largest

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Have you ever looked into a sailor’s map

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Visiting the museums in Istanbul

With art that is thousands of years old, the museums in Istanbul particularly illustrate the way of life and traditions in the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Most of the buildings worth seeing in Istanbul, such as the Byzantine church Hagia Sophia or the Topkapı Palace, seat of the Ottoman sultans, as well as other palaces and castles have been converted into museums and are located on the Historical Peninsula south of the Golden Horn. The museum pass gives you free admission to selected museums.

There are also a number of private museums, which mainly present the Turkish art scene in all its diversity, but also show the life and own collections of well-known Turkish personalities. They are mostly situated in the modern part of Istanbul, north of the Golden Horn.

Istanbul Museum Pass

The Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for 5 days and gives you free skip-the-line entry to selected museums.

Opening hours: The opening hours of the museums in Istanbul vary according to the summer and winter seasons. On the first day of certain public holidays, the state museums open at 13:00.  On the other days, regular opening hours apply.


Tickets and tours


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