Turkey’s first museum, the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Archeology Museum, The Museum of the Ancient Orient and The Tiled Pavilion of three main units of the museum. The works of Istanbul Archeology Museum, which is one of the richest museums in the world, have traces from various regions of Ottoman lands and from many cultures that we have interacted with throughout history.
The history of Istanbul Archeology Museums dates back to the period of Fatih Sultan Mehmet. However, the establishment of the museum is considered as the establishment of the ‘Museum-i Hümayun’, that is the Imperial Museum, by gathering the works collected in the Hagia Irene Church in 1869.
The oldest building in the Istanbul Archeology Museums complex (Miladi 1472) is the Tiled Kiosk. The Tiled Kiosk Museum, where Turkish tile and ceramic samples are currently exhibited, is one of the oldest civilian architectural examples in Istanbul.
The museum, which displays works from different civilizations that have left their mark in history, is one of the most magnificent examples of Neo-Classical architecture in Istanbul.
The museum, which consists of a classic building and an annex, contains unique works dating from prehistoric times to the Ottoman period, including sculptures of Ancient Ages, The Alexander Sarcophagus, The Crying Women Tomb and The Tabnit Tomb.
It is possible to see the Pre-Islamic Arabian Peninsula Artifacts, Egyptian Artifacts, Mesopotamian Artifacts, Anatolian Artifacts and Cuneiform Documents at the Museum of Ancient Oriental Artifacts. You can also see the works of Naramsin King of Akkad, the Kadesh Agreement, the Ishtar Gate in this section.
Built-in 1472 in Fatih Sultan Mehmet Period, there are around 200O artifacts belonging to the Ottoman and Seljuk periods in the Tiled Pavilion collections.