With so much history in Istanbul, you can be sure to find a very impressive collection of artifacts at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.
Recently expanded to hold its growing collection, the museum holds displays from many ancient eras. Many of the exhibits highlight excellent examples of architecture and sculpture though there are beautiful examples of coins and jewelry on display as well. Some impressive galleries of sarcophagi are a must-see while you browse the museum. The famous Alexander Sarcophagus is one of the most important pieces at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, though it did not actually belong to Alexander the Great as once thought (there is a photo below).
Displays of mosaics, murals and carved reliefs add some beauty and interest to the walls as well as the cases of artifacts.
Local cultures are the most represented at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, but they have some new galleries that focus on other areas such as Syria and Palestine. Most of the time periods are the Greek and Roman eras as well as the Byzantium.
For younger visitors, there is a children’s museum where you can get a fun look at ancient history during your visit. There is also a small cafe and gift shop.
Visiting the Istanbul Archaeology Museum:
Location:On Alemdar Cad. near the Hagia Sophia
Hours: 9am to 5pm, closed on Mondays
Cost: 10 Lira
Official Website: http://www.istanbularkeoloji.gov.tr/main_page