Istanbul Museums Entry Fees and Opening Hours
Schedules and admission fees of Istanbul Museums updated every year. You may find the up-to-date opening and closing hours, working days and admission fees of Istanbul’s most popular museums in this blog post.
Istanbul Museums Entry Fees and Hours
Hagia Sophia Museum
Hagia Sophia Museum is located in Sultanahmet area which is considered as the Istanbul Old City. Hagia Sophia receives millions of visitors annually. Hagia Sophia is without any doubt most important highlight of Istanbul city. It’s a marvel of ancient ages, built by the mighty Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in 537. The Hagia Sophia is literally 1500 years old.
The Hagia Sophia had been a church for 900 years, a mosque for 500 years. It has been a museum since 1930s, visited and admired by millions.
Hagia Sophia Open Everyday During High (Summer) Season
Hagia Sophia Museum is open everyday during the high season.
Between the 15th of April and 25th of October considered as high (summer) season.
Hagia Sophia Is Closed On Monday During Low (Winter) Season
Hagia Sophia Museum is closed on Monday during the winter season.
Between 25th of October and 15th of April considered as low season.
Hagia Sophia Museum Opening (Visiting) Hours
Between 1st Of April and 31st of October during the high (summer) season. The Museum is open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 19:00 in the evening.
Between 25th of October and 15th of April considered as low (winter) season. The Museum open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 17:00 in the evening.
Hagia Sophia Entrance Fee
Admission fee is 72 Turkish Lira for per person. Children under the age of 8 free of charge. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for this museum.
Most Popular Museums of Istanbul
Topkapi Palace Museum
Topkapi Palace is also located in Sultanahmet area, within walking distance from Hagia Sophia. Topkapı Palace had been a royal residence for the rulers of Ottoman Empire. 25 Ottoman Sultans, including the Suleiman The Magnificent lived in this elegant place. Topkapı Palace is built by Sultan Mehmet II in 1461 and used as main palace until 1856.
Then Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid decided to move to Bosphorus shores. He built the European style Dolmabahçe Palace and royal family left the Topkapı Palace.
Topkapi Palace contains 4 large courtyards to enjoy the beauty of the nature as well as the excellent view of Bosphorus. The treasury section and Harem rooms are the highlights of the palace. One of the largest diamond of the world is displayed in the treasury section.
Working Days For Topkapı Palace
You can visit the Topkapi Palace and Harem Rooms everyday except for Tuesday. You may consider visiting the Dolmabahçe Palace instead.
Topkapı Palace Opening (Visiting) Hours
April 15th – October 30th (Summer Season)
Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited between 09:00 – 18:45
October 30th – April 15th (Winter Season)
Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited between 09:00 – 16:45
Topkapi Palace Entrance Fee
Admission fee is 72 Turkish Lira for the entrance. This payment is for a standart palace visit which would probably take at least 2 hours. If you plan to see the Harem Rooms additional ticket costs 42 Turkish Lira. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for this museum.
Must-See Museums of Istanbul
There are many cisterns hidden underneath the historic Istanbul. Among them the largest and most beautiful one is Basilica Cistern. Basilica Cistern is built by Byzantine Empire in 540 A.D. It is the same age as the Hagia Sophia. Visiting the Basilica Cistern provides a mystic experience. Cistern is also famous for Sean Connery‘s James Bond and Dan Brown‘s Inferno.
Working Days For Basilica Cistern 2019
Underground Basilica Cistern is open to visit everyday.
Opening (Visiting) Hours For Basilica Cistern 2019
Basilica Cistern is open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 19:00 in the evening.
Basilica Cistern Entrance Fee 2019
Admission fee is 20 Turkish Lira per person for the entrance. Children under the age of 8 free of charge. Basilica Cistern is located within walking distance from Hagia Sophia. Istanbul Museum Pass is not valid for Basilica Cistern.
Galata Tower is built by Genoese community of Istanbul in 1348 during the Byzantine period. Italian city-states like Genoa and Venice were running trade business in Istanbul and they were inhabited around present day Galata Neighborhood. They built this tower as a watch tower to observe and lead their sea trade around the Golden Horn.
The Galata Tower provides the best view of Istanbul Historic Peninsula and Bosphorus. There is a restaurant located at the top of the tower and it organizes some Turkish night & belly dancing shows.
Working Days For Galata Tower 2019
Galata Tower is open to visit everyday.
Opening Hours For Galata Tower 2019
Galata Tower is open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 19:00 in the evening.
Galata Tower Entrance Fee 2019
Admission fee is 25 Turkish Lira per person for the entrance. Children under the age of 5 free of charge. Usually there is a long queue in front of the ticket office. Mind the waiting time while planning your visit. Istanbul Museum Pass is not valid for Galata Tower.
Kariye Museum (Chora Church)
Chora Church had been a monastery complex which is located outskirts of Byzantine Constantinople. Afterwards the walls of the city is enlarged by the Theodosios II and church stayed withing the extended city walls. Chora is believed to be built by the foundation of Constantinople in 4th century. The city was built by the famous emperor of Roman Empire, Constantine the Great.
The original Church is destroyed by an eartquake and rebuilt by a Byzantine Emperor, Alexios I Komnenos in 11th century. is adorned with breath-taking Byzantine mosaics. Afterwards, prime minister of Emperor Andronicus II Palaeologus, Theodore Metochites, completely changed the interior decoration of the Chora Church. Theodore Metochites was the patron of arts in Byzantine Empire during the 14th century and he invested his fortune for the adornment of Chora Church.
He lived his last years in his beloved church and buried in the Parecclesion (chapel) section of the Chora Church which is adjacent to the body of the church.
Working Days For Chora Church (Kariye Museum) 2019
Chora Church is open everyday except for Wednesday.
Opening Hours For Chora Church (Kariye Museum) 2019
Chora Church is open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 16:30 in the evening.
Kariye Museum (Chora Church) Entrance Fee 2019
Admission Fee is 54 Turkish Lira per person for the entrance. Children under the age of 8 free of charge. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for Kariye Museum which is also known as Chora Church as well.
Byzantine Museums in Istanbul
Istanbul Archaeological Museum
The main building of the Istanbul Archeological Museum is a Neo-Classical structure built towards the end of 19th Century. It was built by the French architect Alexander Vallaury. This late-Ottoman building has been housing one of the largest archeological collections of the world.
The Egyptian–Hittite Peace Treaty (Kadesh Tablet) which is recognized as the oldest written treaty displayed in this marvelous museum. Renowned Alexander Sarcophagus and ancient Greek sculptures can be seen as well.
If you like to take a magical journey through the diverse history of Anatolia and Mesopotamia, regarded as the cradle of civilization, consider adding this museum to your travel itinerary.
Working Days For Istanbul Archaeological Museum 2019
Archaeological Museum is open everyday except for Mondays.
Opening Hours For Istanbul Archaeological Museum 2019
Archaeological Museum is open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 17:00 in the evening.
Istanbul Archaeological Museum Entrance Fee 2019
Admission Fee is 36 Turkish Lira per person for the entrance. Children under the age of 8 is free of charge. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for Istanbul Archaeological Museum. It’s definitely worth to visit this amazing place!
Turkish And Islamic Arts Museum
Important artifacts from the times of the Caliphates, Seljuk Turks and Ottoman Empire are exhibited inside the museum. The footprints of the Turks who emigrated from the Central Asia to present day Turkey can be found within Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum.
Some of the oldest surviving rugs of the world are also displayed in the museum. Hand-written Holy Quran books can be seen as well.
Turkish & Islamic Art Museum Working Days 2019
Turkish And Islamic Arts Museum is open everyday.
Turkish & Islamic Art Museum Opening Hours 2019
Turkish And Islamic Arts Museum is open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 17:00 in the evening.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Entrance Fee 2019
Admission fee is 42 Turkish Lira per person for the entrance. Children under the age of 8 is fee of charge. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for Turkish And Islamic Arts Museum. The museum is popular especially among Muslim visitors. Hand-written Holy Quran books and various religious objects are displayed.
Best Museums of Istanbul
Rahmi Koc Museum
Rahmi Koc Museum is located at Golden Horn (Haliç). It’s considered as the first museum which depicts the industrial changes of Turkey. The buildings are originally from the late Ottoman period. Museum complex was obtained from two old buildings: An old shipyard and an anchor factory. One of the wealthy families of the city: Koç Family, purchased unused places from the government and converted to a lovely museum.
Rahmi Koc Museum Entrance Fee 2019
Admission fee is 18 Turkish Lira for adults and 7 TL for the students. A visit to the submarine and boat tour costs 8 TL for adults. There is %20 additional discount for Istanbul Museum Pass holders.
Rahmi Koc Museum Opening Hours 2019
The museum is open between 10:00 a.m. 17:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The museum is open until 18:00 for the weekends.
Pera area used to be very popular among the Levants during the 19th Century. People who had arrived to Istanbul via Orient Express, stayed in the lovely hotels of “Grand Rue De Pera”. Pera Palace, Bristol Hotel or Grand Hotel De Londres.
Nowadays one of these hotels converted to a cozy museum. The old Bristol Hotel building restored and opened as Pera Museum in 2005. There some of the best examples of Orientalist Art displayed in Pera Museum. You may see the local artworks too.
Pera Museum Entrance Fee 2019
Admission fee is 25 Turkish Lira for a regular ticket. Groups more than 10 people pay 20 TL per person with a little discount. Entrance to the Pera Museum is free on Fridays.
Pera Museum Opening Hours 2019
The museum is open between 10:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. For Sundays the museum open at 12:00 to 06:00 p.m. Pera Musuem is closed on Mondays.
Sakip Sabanci Museum
Sabancı Museum is created in the memory of famous Turkish businessman Sakıp Sabancı by his family. The museum displays local arts like Turkish Caligraphy and paintings. Sabancı Museum had welcomed some famous art collections of the World like Picasso Paintings or Salvador Dali paintings. Museum is located at a lovely spot of Bosphorus shores.
Sakip Sabanci Museum Entrance Fee 2019
Admission fee is 30 Turkish Lira for a regular ticket. Entrance to the Sabancı Museum is free on Wednesdays.
Sakip Sabanci Museum Opening Hours 2019
The museum is open between 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. Wednesday is an exception since it’s public day. Museum is open until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Sakip Sabanci Musuem is closed on Mondays.