ISTANBUL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUMS
INFORMATION
Summer Period Hours
1 April - 31 October
Opening time: 09:00
Closing time: 19:30
Winter Period Hours
31 October - 1 April
Opening time: 09:00
Closing time: 17:30
Box Office Summer / Winter Closing Hours
Summer Period: 18:00
Winter Period: 17:00
Closed Days
Open Every Day
Address: Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu Sokak, Gulhane,34122 Fatih/Istanbul
Email: istanbularkeolojimuzesi@ktb.gov.tr
Phone :+902125207740-41-42
Fax :+902125274300
Entrance Fee: 60 TL
State: Some Departments Under Renovation
MUSEUM DEPARTMENTS
The Museum of the Ancient Orient:
Email: eskisarkeserlerimuzesi@ktb.gov.tr
Tiled Pavilion Museum:
Email: cinilikoskmuzesi@kultur.gov.tr
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DESCRIPTION

Istanbul Archaeological / Archeology Museums:

Istanbul Archaeological Museums (İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri) are a compound of museums which consist three major sections; The Archaeology Museum, The Museum of Ancient Orient, The Tiled Kiosk Museum. These three separate main units are located in the same garden and house the palace collections formed during the late 19th century by museum director, master painter ("The Tortoise Trainer"/ Pera Museum) and archaeologist Osman Hamdi Bey. Istanbul Archaeological Museum, which is first regular museum appearing in the history of Ottoman Empire and in Turkey, has about a million artifacts from a variety of cultures, brought from the imperial lands.

The interest in collecting historical artifacts in the Ottoman period dates back to the reign of Mehmet the Conqueror, but the institutional emergence of museums coincides with the establishment of Istanbul Archaeological Museums in 1869 as Müze-i Hümayun (Imperial Museum). Müze-i Humayun, housing the archaeological works collected in the Hagia Irene Church, is the foundation of the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. The Tiled Kiosk built during the reign of Mehmet the Conqueror, was converted into a museum because of the insufficiency of Hagia Irene. The Tiled Kiosk which is still under the administration of Istanbul Archaeological Museum, was restored and opened its doors in 1880.

When Osman Hamdi Bey (Biography) was assigned as the museum director in 1881, there was a breakthrough in Turkish museology. Osman Hamdi Bey excavated in Mount Nemrud, Myrina, Kyme, other Alolia Necropolises and Lagina Hekate Temple and as a result of excavations he conducted in Sayda (Sidon) between 1887-1888, he reached the necropolis of King Sidon and returned to Istanbul with many sarcophagi, especially the famous one; Alexander the Great.

The oldest building (1472 CE) in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum complex is the The Tiled Kiosk. The Tiled Kiosk Museum, which currently displays examples of Turkish tiles and ceramics, is one of the oldest examples of Ottoman civil architecture in Istanbul.

Istanbul Archaeological Museums are among the top 10 museum designed as a museum institution in the world and used for this purpose.The building, which was used as the Museum of Ancient Oriental Works, was constructed by Osman Hamdi Bey in 1883 as Sanayi-i Nefise school, that is, the Academy of Fine Arts. The architect of the building was Alexander Vallaury, who would later build the Istanbul Archaeological Museum Classic building.

The Archaeological Museum stands out as one of the rare buildings constructed as a museum in that time period in the world. It is one of the most beautiful and splendid examples of neo-classical architecture in Istanbul. The inscription in Ottoman Turkish on the pediments of the gates at the entrance of the museum says “Asar-ı Atika Müzesi” (Museum of Antiquities). The tughra on the inscription belongs to Sultan Abdulhamid II.

A new museum building was needed to display magnificent works such as Tomb of Iskender (Alexander Sarcophagus), Tomb of "Crying Women" (Sarcophagus of the mourning women), Lycia Tomb and Tabnit tomb, which were brought to Istanbul from Sidon King Necropolis excavation performed by Osman Hamdi Bey between 1887 and 1888. Across from The Tiled Kiosk, Istanbul Archeological Museums Classical Building, built by the famous architect Alexandre Vallaury, was opened in June 13th 1891.

LOCATION

Complex located in Sultanahmet neighborhood, historical peninsula of Fatih district; on the Osman Hamdi Bey slope, which connecting Gülhane Park with the Topkapı Palace Museum. Istanbul Archeology Museum complex can be easily reached by walking down the slope from Topkapı Palace's first court, or by walking up the hill from the main gate of Gulhane Park (Rose Park).

Halls 1, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 located downstairs of the Directorate of Istanbul Archaeological Museums, all the halls on the upper floor, Assos Exhibition Hall and Istanbul Neighbor Culture: Thrakia, Bithynia - Biyzantium Exhibition Halls on the ground floor of the annex building are closed for visitors.

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