This is a small selection out of the numerous museums of Istanbul. Opening hours can be obtained from our Front Desk. Most recommended are the Archaeological Museum and the Istanbul Modern. Click on the small images to see a photo of each museum; you can also click on the name of each sight to see its location and its proximity to our hotel on the map.

At walking distance from our hotel

Archaeological Museum. Located in the outer gardens of the Topkapı Palace. It was founded in 1891 to prevent the flow of the antiquities out of the country to other museums of Europe. Fee TL 10. Open 9-18 except Monday.

Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts. Constructed in 1524, the building was the palace of Ibrahim Pasha, who was the first grand vizier to Süleyman the Magnificent. The collection includes notable examples of calligraphy, tiles and rugs. Closed until Dec 2013 due to restoration.

Mosaic Museum. The collection includes notable examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, and rugs as well as ethnographic displays on various cultures in Turkey, particularly nomad groups. Fee TL 8. Open 9-17 except Wednesday.

Carpet Museum. Museum for old Turkish carpets, some dating to pre-Ottoman periods. The museum is housed in an 18th century Ottoman "imaret", a communal kitchen for the poor and needy.

Near Galata Bridge (not far, but taxi or tram recommended)

Istanbul Modern. The museum, funded by the industrialist Eczacıbaşı family features works of Turkish artists and has a good collection of 20th century Turkish paintings. It has a cafe with stunning location on Bosphorus. Fee TL 15. Open 10-18 except Monday.

Orhan Pamuk Museum Of Innocence displays a collection evocative of everyday life and culture of Istanbul during the period 1970's in which Pamuk's novel with the same name is set. Fee TL 25. Open 10-18 except Monday

Jewish Museum.The section next to the Neve Şalom Sinagogue turned into a museum contains objects, documents, and photographs chronicling lives of Sephardic Jews of Istanbul. Open 10 am - 4 pm except Saturday.

At Beyoğlu

Pera Museum is a private art museum and gallery with a good collection of orientalist paintings and a changing program of thematic exhibitions. Fee TL 10. Open 10-19 except Monday.

Rahmi Koç "Industry" Museum is a private industrial museum dedicated to history of transport, industry and communications and is founded by Rahmi Koç, member of the wealthiest dynasty in Turkey and retired boss of the Koç Group. Fee TL 12.50. Open 17 except Monday.

At Bosphorus

Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Former mansion of a big industralist turned into a private fine arts museum dedicated to calligraphic art, religious and state documents, as well as paintings of the Ottoman era. Fee TL 15. Open 10-18 except Monday.

Sadberk Hanım Museum is a beautiful 19th century yalı (waterfront mansion) converted into a private museum displaying the collection of Sadberk Koç, which includes traditional costumes, embroidery, silver artefacts and porcelain. Fee TL 7. Open 10-17 except Monday.

In other areas of Istanbul

Military Museum is dedicated to the Turkish military history. A fine collection of weapons, uniforms, magnificent campaign tents and Ottoman cannons are on display. Military band concerts at 15:00 hours. Fee TL 4. Open 9-17 except Monday & Tuesday.

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