Istanbul Museums

Tourist information and guide to top 10 best museums in Istanbul, Turkey...


As Istanbul is one of the best cities considered as the capital of culture and art, the museums in Istanbul are outstanding. Museums in Sultanahmet, Sariyer, Edirnekapi, Besiktas, Karakoy and many other districts host many residents and visitors of Istanbul every day, uniting them with history, culture and arts. A visit to the Istanbul museums will be one of the best things to do in Istanbul. Below are the popular and best museums in Istanbul.

Don't Miss... Must see Museums in Istanbul...

  • Hagia Sophia Museum in Sultanahmet, Historical Peninsula

    The former church of Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) is one of the world's greatest architectural works and accepted as the 8th wonder of the world.
  • Topkapi Palace Museum in Sultanahmet, Historical Peninsula

    Topkapi Palace is one of world's richest museums. The former imperial kitchen houses the world's finest collection of Chinese porcelain and there is a display of the Sultans' costumes.
  • Istanbul Archaeological Museum in Sultanahmet, Historical Peninsula

    The Archaeological Museum contains an immense collection of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine works and items including sculptures and sarcophagi.
  • Miniaturk - Miniature Turkey Museum in Sutluce, Golden Horn

    Miniaturk, the miniature Turkey museum is one of the best things to to in Istanbul especially for the kids and families. The Miniaturk Museum hosts the miniature forms of the greatest monuments of Turkey. Located at the Golden Horn region of Istanbul, a visit to the Miniaturk Museum is a must.

  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art in Sultanahmet, Historical Peninsula

    The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art is located at the Ibrahim Pasha Palace, Sultanahmet, Topkapi Palace garden, Historical Peninsula of Istanbul and displays illuminated Qurans, miniatures, antique carpets and more.
  • Great Palace Mosaics Museum in Sultanahmet, Historical Peninsula

    The Museum of Mosaics is located beside the Blue Mosque and contains numerous mosaics taken from the Palace of the Byzantine Emperors.
  • Chora Museum in Edirnekapi, Historical Peninsula

    Part of a monastery which dates back to the 6th century, the Chora Church was rebuilt at the end of the 11th century. Housing the most beautiful examples of Byzantine mosaics, Chora’s outer narthex is decorated with scenes of Jesus’ life and its inner narthex with scenes of Mary.
  • Sabanci Museum in Emirgan

    The Sabanci Museum is a private fine arts museum in Istanbul that hosts great collections that include Ottoman Calligraphic Art, religious and state documents, paintings of the Ottoman era, archaeological and stone works, collection of furniture and decorative arts and more.
  • Rahmi Koc Museum in Haskoy, Golden Horn

    The Rahmi Koc Museum is housed in a former anchor foundry that this science and technology museum is a trove of machines and other eccentric exhibits. The exhibits include the vintage cars, trains and submarines.
  • Sadberk Hanim Museum in Sariyer

    There are variety items exhibited that include Turkish and Islamic works, games and several collections belonging to different eras.