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5 Museums You Should Visit In Istanbul

If going to a city means going and seeing as many museums as possible for you then welcome to Istanbul. There are loads of museums which you can visit during your holiday, some of them are full with archaeological and historical pieces while some offer some delightful contemporary art. So if you are in Istanbul, you should definitely visit these museums below.

1- Pera Museum


For those who are searching for private collections, this is it! The Pera Museum is a bit small when compared with others, however, it offers both permanent holdings and temporary exhibits. We also have good news for film lovers! The Pera Museum also welcomes its guests for activities such as regular film screenings and concerts.

2- Chora Church


The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, known as Kariye Museum is one of the most exquisite structures reflecting the East Roman art with the architecture, frescoes and mosaics. Chora was first built as a Byzantine Church after transformed as an Ottoman Mosque in 1511 and finally was converted to a museum in 1945. The Chora Church is open for visitations 6 days a week, it closes its doors to visitors on Wednesdays.

3- Archaeology Museum

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If you are in love with history and only history itself you will never want to leave the Archaeology Museum ever again. It is actually a group of three museums: the Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Orient Museum, and the Tiled Kiosk Museum. Couldn’t get better right? It is possible to find the best collection of ancient art in here. You can’t really know a city without getting to know it’s history first. Since you’re here why leave the city without getting to know it better?

4- Istanbul Modern

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Istanbul Modern is the youngest amongst these museums. It actually opened its doors to visitors for the first time in 2004. It is known for putting Turkish modern and contemporary art on the global map. So if you want a feast for your eyes, don’t forget to check Istanbul Modern.

5- Sadberk Hanim Museum


Sadberk Hanim Museum opened its doors for the first time on the 14th of October 1980. The first year of its opening the museum had around 3 thousand pieces, today it has 20 thousand pieces of historical importance. This rich collection includes Anatolian art, antiques and relics; archaeological remains from the Neolithic to the Byzantine eras; rare silk and ceramic collections from Central and East Asia; and much more. Sadberk Hanim Museum was established as the first private museum of Turkey with the aim to create a living, productive centre for culture and education supported by a contemporary museum management approach.