The Directorate of Istanbul Archaeology Museums that is dependent on the General Directorate of Monuments and Museums of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Turkey. It is on the Osman Hamdi Bey Ascent that opens to the Topkapı Palace Museum from the right of the Gülhane Park Entry which is in the Sultanahmet district.
Istanbul Archaeology Museums consist of three museums. Those are the Archaeology Museum, Old Eastern Works Museum and Enameled Kiosk Museum.
Istanbul Archaeology Museums, which were established as Müze-i Humayun (Museum of the Empire) by the famous artist and museum director Osman Hamdi Bey at the end of the 19th century, opened to public on June 13, 1891. You may want to read this article which is about Osman Hamdi Bey’s life and his artworks.
Besides its importance as the “First Turkish museum”, it has an importance and specialty of being one of the museum buildings that were constructed as a Museum in the World. Today, it still protects its outstanding place in the World’s biggest museums with its more than one million works, belonging to various cultures.
In the museum collections, there are rich and very important works of art belonging to various civilizations from Balkans to Africa, from Anatolia and Mesopotamia to Arab Peninsula and Afghanistan, that were in the borders of the Ottoman Empire.
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