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"Museum of the Ancient Orient" Museum Of The Ancient Orient Tip by Willettsworld

Museum Of The Ancient Orient, Istanbul: 5 reviews and 19 photos

This museum is part of the Istanbul Archaeological Museum which is located in the grounds of the Topkapi Palace. It's the first building you come to on the left after passing through the entrance gate and is included in the admission price of the larger Istanbul Archaeological Museum. The museum itself was commissioned by Osman Hamdi Bey in 1883 as a Fine Arts School. Then it was re-organised as a museum and opened in 1935.

It displays some amazing Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Hittite exhibits such as some wonderful colourful tiled reliefs of horses, lions and some that look mythical in appearance from the complex at the Babylon Istar gate that are said to date from 575 BC. There's also some stone reliefs and statues, an Egyptian mummy and coffin, and pottery items.

Open: 9am-5pm Tue-Sun. Admission: TL10 (which includes the Istanbul Archaeological Museum).

Address: Osman Hamdi Bey Yoku?u, Gülhane
Directions: Easy walk down from Topkapi or up from Gulhane Park
Phone: +90 212 520 7740

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  • Written Mar 2, 2010
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