Top 5 Museums To Visit In Istanbul

1)Topkapi Palace

Historical Museum in Sultan Ahmet

This enormous palace was the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. Although most part of the palace is not accessible, the daily tours of the Harem are getting great interest from tourists.

2)Galata Tower

Historical Museum in Beyoglu

The Galata Tower was built by the Genoese in mid-fourteenth century as part of the Galata Walls when Galata quarter was a Genoese colony in the Byzantine Era. After it was used as a dungeon for some time in the Ottoman Era, it was converted to a fire lookout tower. The tower which suffered damages due to earthquakes and fires from time to time underwent several renovations during the Ottoman Era. The tower that had fallen into ruins by 1960s was restored by Istanbul Municipality and opened for visitors.

In the Galata Tower Museum, artefacts are displayed, reflect all the historical periods of Istanbul that has been populated since prehistoric times and was capital of three great empires for centuries. As one of the tallest building in Istanbul until the mid-20th century, the Galata Tower has one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Istanbul that you can enjoy on the top floor.


3)Rahmi Mustafa Koc Museum

Special Museum in Beyoglu

The Rahmi M Koç Museum is the first major museum in Turkey dedicated to the history of transport, industry and communication. On the shore of the historic Golden Horn, the collection contains thousands of items from gramophone needles to big size ships and aircraft houses in magnificent buildings.


4)Chora Museum

Artistic and Historical Museum in Fener and Balat

The Chora Church (Kariye Müzesi, Camii ya da Kilise in Turkish — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the west, Erdinekapı district of İstanbul. In the 16th century, the church was converted into a mosque by the Ottomon rulers, and it became a secularised museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with fine mosaics and frescoes.

5)Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum

Special Museum in Sariyer

The museum, known as the place of classic automobile lovers, where more than 60 cars from the period between 1920-1970 are exhibited, In the Classic Car Museum, there are cars that each have a story, as well as accessories and auto parts that reflect that period.

Established on an area of 2,000 square meters, the museum is a cultural stop that resists time, exhibits living cars, and can be visited accompanied by the entertaining music of the period.

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