Don't miss the attached Museum of the Ancient Orient. Small, but beautiful collection, including Sumerian and Hittite artefacts.
i never knew about this place - went there with minimum expectations on the way back from topkapi - absolutely amazing - the quality and quantity of artefacts across the ages is immense and quite well preserved and presented - the sarcophagus of necropolis are stunning !
Istanbul Archaeology Museum is probably the best archaeology museum in the world that nobody knows about. Turkey has done an excellent job retaining its architectural treasures (partly through Draconian measures against taking anything more than 100 years old out of the country). The IAM is a showcase of the best Anatolian cutural exhibits in the world. The ancient wing in particular houses an extensive collection of Hittite and Babylonian pieces. The Alexander Sarcophagus, depicting the conquerors victory at Issus, in undoubtedly the museum's principle treasure. Finally, if you've been to Bodrum, you've probably noticed that the Mausoleum of Halikarnassus is a real dud. Well many of the treasures that adorned the Wonder of the Ancient World are located in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.In the summer, I highly recommend having coffee or tea at the cafe. It's filled with column capitals, engravings and lazy cats.
a must see, incredible collection
One of my favorite..