- Skip the line with your guide and learn the history behind this impressive Istanbul museum
- See Islamic calligraphy, Turkish tiles, and rugs dating back to ancient times
- Get in-depth explanations of the museum's art, trinkets, and treasures in a great location near the Blue Mosque
The world's biggest carpet collection isn't at IKEA - it's right here at the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum!
Tour the museum with a guide and see rare carpets, Iranian treasures, calligraphy, and more. This collection of historical artifacts and items was originally located in the soup kitchen of the Süleymaniye Mosque complex, and was subsequently moved to the somewhat more glamorous İbrahim Paşa Palace, next to the Blue Mosque.
Witness the smooth and patterned details of rare carpets from the Seljuk Empire, and imagine the wealthy folk who sprawled in luxury on the fine woven fabrics from the Iranian and Caucasian regions.
See collections of hand-written calligraphy, and get up close to imperial edicts, ancient Qurans, and other written works that put today's quick text messages to shame!
Let your guide explain the intricacies and history of the museum and former palace, and see wood, glass, ceramic and stone items by artists from historic Islamic regions. This beautiful museum close to the famed Blue Mosque is a must!
- Skip-the-line entrance to the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
- Guided tour in English
- Meet your guide at the Big Bus stop next to Sultanahmet park (see map) and show them your smartphone ticket
- You can only enter the museum with your tour guide, so don't go to the museum by yourself
- The tour starts at 09:00. Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before, latecomers can't be waited for!
Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date.