1. Madame Tussauds Museum Istanbul
The name may look familiar as Madame Tussauds has a branch in every metropolitan area you can imagine. This superb attraction is a real crowd-puller due its incredibly lifelike wax celebrities! Located in Beyoglu, it’s split into different sections; famous singers, athletes, actors/actresses, and scientists. Children between 0 – 12 years can enter for free, and for over 12’s there are different ticket options: Madame Tussauds and Sea Life Istanbul, Single Entry Ticket or Family Package. Online tickets (last for 30 days) It’s open every day from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Open Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
Location: Hüseyinağa, Grand Pera, İstiklal Cd. no: 56/58, 34440 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone Number: 444 3 253
2. Istanbul Archaeology Museums
This stunning place consists of 3 museums in one; The Archaeology Museum, The Museum of Oriental Antiquities and The Tiled Pavilion Museum. Dating back to the 19th century when it was established by the famous artist and museologist Osman Hamdi, the downstairs of the main building of the Archaeology Museum boasts sculptures, reliefs, tombs and artifacts; and the upstairs is home to ceramics, medallions and ancient coins. The second museum includes the ancient and mysterious artifacts from Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Old Egypt, and Arabia along with important historical ruins. Last but not least is The Tiled Pavilion Museum where you can see the ceramics and tiles in the style of Seljuk and Ottoman architecture. Opening hours are 9.00am – 4.45pm from 30 October – 31 March and 9.00am – 6.45pm from 1st April – 30th October. All museums are closed every Monday.
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3. Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
This emporium of modern art demonstrates the vast array of artistic ideas in Istanbul. The museum is set in a 5-storey building which was formerly a maritime warehouse. On the 4th floor, there is a photography exhibition, on the 2nd and 3rd you can see the diuturnal art collections, and on the 1st and -1 floor you’ll find contemporary and modern art; indeed the whole museum is based on the philosophy of these two art forms. There are paintings and artifacts not only from Turkey but also from foreign artists in this fascinating place. Tours are available. Located in Beyoglu, the opening hours are 10 am – 6 pm (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday), 10 am – 8 pm (Thursday), 11 am – 6 pm (Sunday). It is closed on Mondays.
Open Hours: 10:00 – 18:00, Thursdays: 10:00 – 20:00, Sundays: 11:00 – 19:00 Closed on Mondays
Location: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:99, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 334 73 00
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4. Istanbul Toy Museum
Are you ready to bring back your childhood memories?! Then, this museum is the place for you. Set in a former toy-shop, the Istanbul Toy Museum showcases old-fashioned toys and miniatures dating back 200 years, which will fill you with nostalgia and bring out your inner child. Don’t be deceived into thinking this museum is just for children but it appeals to all ages. The museum was founded by the poet and author, Sunay Akın, and opened on April 23, a national holiday in Turkey for children which was originally granted by the great leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. This 5-story building is located in Kadikoy and opens between 09:30 am – 6:00 pm with weekend opening extended to 7.00pm. There are concessions for children under 3, students, teachers and people over 65.
Open Hours: 09:30 – 18:00 Closed on Mondays
Location: Göztepe Mah. Ömerpaşa Cad. Doktor Zeki Eren Sok. No:17, 34730 Kadıköy
Phone Number: (0216) 359 45 50
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5. Pera Museum
Just its name is unique and interesting – like the museum itself! The building was the brainchild of architect Achille Manoussos in 1893 who built it to be the Bristol Hotel and later turned it into a museum. A celebration of oriental style painting, the exhibition consists of oriental-inspired art from across the continent.
Open Hours: 10:00 – 19:00, Sundays 12:00 – 18:00 Closed on Mondays
Location: Asmalı Mescit, Meşrutiyet Cd. No:65, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 334 99 00
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6. Sakıp Sabancı Museum
A great place for a peaceful day out. The paintings along with the rest of the art are unique and celebrate the beauty of the natural landscape. The building is known as “The Equestrian Villa” and often hosts concerts, seminars and conferences. Located in Sarıyer, the opening hours are 10.00 am to 6.00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and 10.00am – 8.00pm on Wednesdays. It is closed on Mondays.
Open Hours: 10:00 – 18:00, Wednesdays 10:00 – 20:00 Closed on Mondays
Location: Emirgan, Sakıp Sabancı Cd. No:42, 34467 Sarıyer/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 277 22 00
7. Dialogue in the Dark
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be blind? This interactive museum will help you to understand what it’s like to trust people based only on speech and touch. You’ll learn empathy as well as gaining a bit more faith in your own senses. A unique yet touching experience for all located near the Gayrettepe Metro. Tickets can only be bought online from their site.
Open Hours: 10:00 – 19:30
Location: Esentepe, 2 Büyükdere Caddesi Esentepe Mahallesi, 34394 Şişli/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 272 66 44
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