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10 MUSEUM ALTERNATIVES WORTH SEEING IN ISTANBUL

Even if you live in Istanbul for 20 years, there are still places you can explore. Among these places to be explored, the museums are the most important. Because the historical richness and beauty of Istanbul are reflected in these museums. Istanbul is home to dozens of museums. Here are 10 museums that you should definitely see in Istanbul for those who are looking for new alternatives... 

Istanbul Archaeological Museum 

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The Istanbul Archaeological Museum, considered one of the richest museums in the world hosts more than 1000 works from Byzantine, Roman, Helen, early, middle and young bronze period, Chalcolithic and Neolithic periods. The museum building alone is worth seeing. 

Museum of Bakırköy Psychiatric Hospital

Founded in 2008, the Bakırköy Psychiatric Hospital presents the historical development of the hospital with many items, including medical and personal items, treatment tools, and so on. 

Turkey Iş Bank Museum 

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İş Bank Museum is a very enjoyable museum which has a lot of things from the establishment of İş Bank to the development of banks in Turkey. Situated in its old bank building, the museum hosts dozens of historical works.  You can visit the İş Bank Museum, which is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00, except Monday’s and on the first days of religious holidays.  We are sure you will enjoy it. 

Istanbul Naval Museum

Located at the center of Beşiktaş, the Istanbul Naval Museum is free for students and only 6,50 TL for adults.  We recommend you to visit this museum which is one of the biggest museums of Turkey in the field of maritime and which is regarded as one of the rarest in the world in terms of collection diversity. 

Mehmet Arsay Classic Car Museum

Mehmet Arsay Classic Car Museum located in İkitelli Halkalı, has 50 automobiles produced between 1920 and 1970. The museum is free of charge, which you can visit on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00. 

Galatasaray Museum 

The Galatasaray Museum, which was founded by Ali Sami Yen in 1911 in Kalamış, Istanbul, is a special museum that everyone should visit. It is possible to see 2000 cups in this museum, which has moved into Galatasaray High School in the 2000s The museum, which you can visit between 10:00 and 18:00, is closed only on Mondays. 

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

The museum which was established during the Ottoman Empire is located in Architect Sinan’s most important structure, Süleymaniye Mosque complex. There are many artifacts collected from religious buildings in the museum. The museum sheds light on a significant part of the Islamic world and hosts exhibitions.

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Istanbul Modern, founded by İKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts), aims to protect and evaluate the values found in modern and contemporary art field. On Thursdays, you can see up-to-date and continuous works for free. 

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern, which will enjoy, was constructed for Justinianus I, the Byzantium Emperor between 527-565. As there used to be a basilica in the place of the cistern, it is also called Basilica Cistern. Covering 9,800 sqm area in total and water storage capacity of 100,000 tons. the cistern has met the water needs of the palace surrounding.  If you go, we are sure you will be impressed.

Sakıp Sabancı Museum

The Sakıp Sabancı Museum, which hosts important exhibitions, is free every Wednesday. In 1927, Prince Mehmed Ali of Egypt commissioned the Italian architect Edouard De Nari to build the museum. 

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