Istanbul Archeology Museum is one of the largest museums in the world with over one million works from various cultures. It was founded as an Imperial Museum by the painter and art expert Osman Hamdi Bey at the end of the 19th century and opened to visitors on 13 June 1891.
In the collection of the museum, there are works belonging to the civilizations within the borders of the Ottoman Empire, from the Balkans to Africa, from Anatolia and Mesopotamia to the Arabian Peninsula and to Afghanistan. The museum is named as Istanbul Archeology Museums because it consists of three main units:
- Archaeological Museum (in the main building)
- Museum of the Ancient Orient
- Museum of Islamic Art (in the Tiled Kiosk).
The most prominent artifacts exhibited in the museum include
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The museum is open every day, except for Mondays. In the winter season (from 30 October to 15 April) the museum can be visited between 9:00 – 16:45. In the summer season (from 15 April to 30 October) the museum can be visited between 09:00 and 18:45. The last entrance in winter is at 16:00 and the last entrance in summer season is at 18:00.
Admission fee to the museum is 30 Turkish Liras. Museum Pass Istanbul (185 Turkish Liras) is also being sold at the entrance of the museum.