Dolmabahçe Sarayi

The Dolmabahçe Palace was built in 1856 for Sultan Abdul-Medshid I. Since the end of the Ottoman Empire, the palace has been a museum, but it is still used for government purposes. 

Dolmabahçe Caddesi


Arkeoloji Müzesi

The Archeological Museum of Istanbul was establised in 1891 and has a large collection of Greek and Roman sculptures. Among the most important pieces are the sarcophagus of the "King of Sidon" and the head of "Alexander the Great". 

Gülhane Parki


Istanbul Modern

The former warehouse at the Bosporus was turned into a Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in 2004. Since then, "Istanbul Modern" has organized large exhibitions on 8,000 square meters. At present, a new museum building is being built at this site. This new building should be completed by 2020. Until then, the museum is located at Asmalı Mescit, Meşrutiyet Cd. No: 99th.


Meclis-i-Mebusan Cad.


Türk Islam Eserleri Müzesi

The "Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art" shows woodwork from Anatolia, carpets, Islamic calligraphy, ceramics, glass art, marquetry and wall tiles from Konya. 




Map Museums in Istanbul


Istanbul Turkey

Museum guide Istanbul
Instanbul does not have any world-famous museums like Rome, although under Constantine the city was larger and more important than the city on the Tiber. After that it was the capital of the Byzantine Empire and that of the Ottoman Empire. One might expect that there would be many art treasures to visit here. But the museum landscape is quite modest for a city of this size and importance. Nevertheless, there are some museums worth seeing to discover.