Istanbul is a charming city; wonderful buildings, endless souks and interesting story are some of its many attractions. If you are planning to visit the jewel of Turkey, do not miss these 5 museums in Istanbul, all located on the European side, thanks to this selection made by Europe a la Carte.
1. Magic Ice
This museum was recently opened in Istanbul in 2010 and has the honor of being the warmest city in the world which houses a museum of ice. Located in the Forum Istanbul, a fashion mall and can be visited every day by 20TL, although you need to bring warm clothing to enter and admire the beautiful sculptures created in this material.
Besides a large number of historical museums in Istanbul there is also space for modern art and post-modern. The Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul, is the best example, as well as exhibitions, also has audio guides, presentations, videos and different types of cultural events. Note that closed on Mondays and open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (except Thursday which closes at 8 pm) and admission is TYL15.
3. Santral Istanbul
This is one of the campus of Istanbul Bilgi University. It features spacious green areas, a concert hall, several restaurants and even a museum that was once a powerhouse. Currently, it is divided into two parts, one dealing with works of art and other part of the Museum of Energy. It can be visited every day except Monday from 10 am to 8 pm. Admission 5TL 15TL for adults and for students.
This impressive palace built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1478, used to be the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for the Empire. Contains four courtyards and rooms where we see great collections of clothing, weapons, furniture, thrones, Islamic relics, jewelry … The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. except Tuesdays. The ticket price ranges from a 15 TL 10TL depending on the section you want to view.
The Istanbul Archaeological Museum is a combination of three different archaeological museums: the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Orient and the Museum of Islamic Art presenting the cultural heritage of Anatolia. The ticket price is 10TL and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.