Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Müzesi)
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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The Istanbul Archaeology Museum is a massive and fascinating place, home to more than one million objects of antiquity. It opened in 1891; the museum itself is actually three separate buildings, which includes the Museum of the Ancient Orient. It is located near Topkapi Palace.
Be sure to visit the Alexander Sarcophagus, which is covered with carvings inspired by the life of Alexander the Great (though his body does not rest inside as originally thought). Another popular attraction is the Sarcophagus of the Crying Women, which features an assortment of panels depicting, yes, you guessed it, mourning women.
Admission to the Istanbul Archaeology Museum is approximately $8 USD. Closed Mondays, the museum is open every other day from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.