We were disappointed to find that this museum was closed for another year for renovations so if you are planning to visit keep this in mind.
Not so widely advertised, the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum shows some very interesting items in a pleasant way. Not too many items to make your visit fatiguing, quite diverse displays (very interesting the section covering ancient carpets and a small turkish ethnographic museum). The environment is quite pleasant, with an ample and well kept garden, a quiet balcony overlooking... More
Going to this museum was one of the highlights of my 10 day trip in Istanbul. It is manageable to see in 2 hours, maybe a little but more time for enjoying coffee in the cafe. There are beautiful carpets, Iznik tiles, Ottoman metalwork and there's an excellent section showing Turkish lifestyles from nomads to 19th century city living.
I visited the museum during the low season so I was able to really enjoy the exhibits. You should definitely add this to your trip. The staff speaks fluent English and they are very helpful.
Centrally located and uncrowded, this museum was suprisingly engaging. We enjoy small museums and this one have interesting and well curated exhibits.
If you want to see a large collection of carpets from different eras and regions, learn more about their distinguishing marks, you must visit this museum. It is often overlooked, but it provides an important introduction to the art history in this region. This museum located just across from the Blue Mosque. It is small but is well laid out.... More
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