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Istanbul Museums’ Opening Hours, Working Days and Admission Fees 2018

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.


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 2018

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 2018

Admission fee is 40 Turkish Lira for per person. Children under the age of 12 free of charge. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for this museum. There is fast track advantage for private guided tours.

Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia Entrance Fee

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.

Topkapı 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 2018

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 2018

  • 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 2018

Admission fee is 40 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 25 Turkish Lira. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for this museum.

Topkapi Museum
Topkapı Palace Entrance Fee

Basilica Cistern

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 2018

Underground Basilica Cistern is open to visit everyday.

Opening (Visiting) Hours For Basilica Cistern 2018

Basilica Cistern is open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 19:00 in the evening.

Basilica Cistern Entrance Fee 2018

Adsmission fee is 20 Turkish Lira per person for the entrance. Children under the age of 7 free of charge. Basilica Cistern is located within walking distance from Hagia Sophia. Istanbul Museum Pass is not valid for Basilica Cistern.

Basilica Cistern
Basilica Cistern Entrance Fee

Galata Tower

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 2018

Galata Tower is open to visit everyday.

Opening Hours For Galata Tower 2018

Galata Tower is open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 19:00 in the evening.

Galata Tower Entrance Fee 2018

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.

Galata Tower
Galata Tower Entrance Fee

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) 2018

Chora Church is open everyday except for Wednesday.

Opening Hours For Chora Church (Kariye Museum) 2018

Chora Church is open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 16:30 in the evening.

Kariye Museum Entrance Fee 2018

Admission Fee is 25 Turkish Lira per person for the entrance. Children under the age of 12 free of charge. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for Kariye Museum which is also known as Chora Church as well.

Kariye Museum (Chora Church)
Kariye Museum Entrance Fee

Dolmabahce Palace

25 Ottoman Sultans lived in the traditional Topkapı Palace until the 19th century. Sultan Abdulmecid who lived in the mid 19th century, decided to move to the beautiful Bosphorus shores.

Sultan ordered his chief architects, Balyan Family, to build a European style modern palace by the Bosphorus. They finished the construction of the palace in 1856. The last Ottoman Sultans lived in this elegant palace. The first president of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk also lived in the same palace and died there in 1938.

Nowadays Dolmabahçe Palace is a museum just like the Topkapi Palace of Istanbul old city.

Working Days For Dolmabahçe Palace Museum 2018

Dolmabahce Palace is open everyday except for Monday and Thursday.

Opening Hours For Dolmabahçe Palace Museum 2018

Dolmabahce Palace is open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 16:30 in the evening.

Dolmabahce Palace Entrance Fee 2018

Admission fee is 40 Turkish Lira per person for the entrance. This is the cost of a standart palace visit. If you would like to see the Harem Rooms additional ticket is required. Visiting the Harem Section costs 30 Turkish Lira more. Istanbul Museum Pass is not valid for Dolmabahce Palace Museum.

Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahce Palace Entrance Fee

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 2018

Archaeological Museum is open everyday except for Mondays.

Opening Hours For Istanbul Archaeological Museum 2018

Archaeological Museum is open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 17:00 in the evening.

Istanbul Archaeological Museum Entrance Fee 2018

Admission Fee is 20 Turkish Lira per person for the entrance. Children under the age of 12 is free of charge. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for Istanbul Archaeological Museum. It’s definitely worth to visit this amazing place!

Istanbul Archaeological Museum
Istanbul Archaeological Museum Entrance Fee

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 2018

Turkish And Islamic Arts Museum is open everyday.

Turkish & Islamic Art Museum Opening Hours 2018

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 2018

Admission fee is 25 Turkish Lira per person for the entrance. Children under the age of 12 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.

Turkish And Islamic Arts Museum
Turkish And Islamic Arts Museum Entrance Fee

Last Updated: 27.09. 2017


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Istanbul Museums Opening Hours and Admission Fees was last modified: September 28th, 2017 by Serhat Engül

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