Each of the three main collections (Archaeology Museum, Museum of the Ancient Orient, and Tiled Pavilion) is an incredible treasure. If you're an archaeology enthusiast, you might consider allocating the museum an entire day or spreading your visit over two days--there's just that much there. It's worth paying two admission fees.
The Classical era collection is perhaps the strongest, boasting the famous Alexander Sarcophagus and countless spectacular statues, but the pre-Classical, Byzantine, and Ottoman-era collections are also superb. The Museum of the Ancient Orient includes a wide range of artifacts, including portions of the famous Ishtar Wall from ancient Babylon. Seeing these is a tremendously moving experience during these days of terrible conflict.
There are two small bookstores, one inside focusing mostly on gifts, postcards, etc., and the other outside in a small outbuilding that has more scholarly items. The signage is quite helpful. The museum isn't designed for children and the children's portion is quite small, but there are enough pieces that would appeal to children (mummies, the Ishtar Gate animals, huge sculptures of the gods) that you could include them on an abbreviated visit.
This is one of the best museums of Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman Arts in the world. Actually, this museum is divided to 3 buildings; Archaological Museum, Museum of Ancient Orient, and Tiled Kiosk.
As for Archaeological Museum, there are many tresures. On the ground floor sacrophagi from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon is unmissable; Lycian Sacrophagus, Satrap Sacrophagus, Alexander Sacrophagus, and Mourning Women Sacrophagus. Other stuffs include many statues of Roman emperors, or gods. On the first floor you would find many diggings from Troy or other ruins in Turkey.
In Museum of Acient Orient there are also historically important things; Ishtar Gate of Ancient Babylon covered with beautifully coloured tiles(7th. century B. C.)and a copy of Kadesh Treaty between Hittite and Egypt(13th. century B. C.)
Tiled Kiosk was built by Sultan Mehmet II, the conqueror of Constantinople in 1472. It is covered with beautiful tiles.
Entry fee is 5 YTL (5 million) in Mar. 2005.
This fascinating museum is dedicate to the ancient societies of Turkey. It has large collections of Roman and pre-Roman artifacts.
This former Pavilion of Sultan Mehmet was built in 1472 to watch sporting events. it nows sits on the ground of the Archealogical museum
The Archaeological Museum - it is small but nice and compact and has some amazing pieces of exquisite quality.
They have a replica of the Trojan horse- if you look close enough, you can see my hand holding open a section of the horse
The museum has a huge display of sarcophagi which includes the 5th century Lycian Sarcophagus, the Satrap Sarcophagus and the Mourning Women Sarcophagus.
Visit the Istanbul Arkeoloji Müzesi and get transported to the golden past of Istanbul/Konstantinopel/Byzanz. This city has so much history.