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  • 1. Istanbul Archaeology Museums

    Sultanahmet | Museum/Gallery

    Step into this vast repository of spectacular finds, housed in a three-building complex in a forecourt of Topkapı Palace, to get a head-spinning...Read More

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  • 2. Istanbul Modern

    Karaköy | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a converted warehouse on the shores of the Bosphorus, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art showcases modern and contemporary painting...Read More

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  • 3. Kariye Müzesi

    Western Districts | Museum/Gallery

    The dazzling mosaics and frescoes in the former Church of the Holy Savior in Chora are considered to be among the finest Byzantine artworks...Read More

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  • 4. Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

    Sultanahmet | Castle/Palace

    Süleyman the Magnificent commissioned Sinan to build this grandiose stone palace overlooking the Hippodrome in about 1520 for his brother-in...Read More

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  • 5. Borusan Contemporary

    Bosphorus | Museum/Gallery

    Filled with office workers during the week, this distinctive building under the second Bosphorus Bridge on the European side turns into a gallery...Read More

  • 6. Galata Mevlevihanesi

    Beyoglu | Museum/Gallery

    Istanbul's oldest Mevlevi dervish lodge, which served as a meeting place and residence for "whirling dervishes" (followers of the Sufi mystic...Read More

  • 7. Great Palace Mosaic Museum

    Sultanahmet | Museum/Gallery

    A tantalizing glimpse into Istanbul's pre-Ottoman past, the small but well-done Mosaic Museum can be reached via an entrance halfway through...Read More

  • 8. Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam

    Sultanahmet | Museum/Gallery

    On the western side of Gülhane Parkı, this museum, located in the former stables of Topkapı Palace, chronicles the significant role played by...Read More

  • 9. Jewish Museum of Turkey

    Karaköy | Museum/Gallery

    The history of the Jews in Turkey is much more extensive and colorful than the size of this small museum housed in the 19th-century Zulfaris...Read More

  • 10. Military Museum

    Nisantasi | Museum/Gallery

    This large and fascinating museum boasts an extensive collection of swords, daggers, armor, and other weaponry, but it's not just for those...Read More

  • 11. Museum of Innocence

    Beyoglu | Museum/Gallery

    Nobel Prize–winning Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence is one of the most unusual museums in Istanbul—and, perhaps, in the world...Read More

  • 12. Naval Museum

    Besiktas | Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1897 and located here since 1961, Istanbul's Naval Museum reopened in late 2013 with a huge, state-of-the-art new wing that impressively...Read More

  • 13. Pera Museum

    Beyoglu | Museum/Gallery

    A small private museum housed in a grand 1893 building (the former Bristol Hotel), the Pera showcases a diverse range of exhibits. It's best...Read More

  • 14. Rahmi M. Koç Museum

    Western Districts | Museum/Gallery

    Housed on the grounds of an Ottoman-era shipyard on the shore of the Golden Horn, and in an adjacent foundry where anchors were cast for the...Read More

  • 15. Sakıp Sabancı Museum

    Bosphorus | Museum/Gallery

    The Sakıp Sabancı Museum is one of Istanbul's premier private museums, thanks to its world-class exhibits and stunning location in a historic...Read More

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