Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art: Our most recommended tours and activities

İstanbul Welcome Card

1. İstanbul Welcome Card

When you arrive in Istanbul your welcome package will be waiting at Istanbul Airport. Inside the package, find your card loaded with 10 rides for public transportation and vouchers to join the Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace tours. Skip the lines and explore the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and the Topkapi Palace with a historian guide. Have fun on a cruise along the Bosphorus and witness breathtaking views over the shimmering waters of Istanbul's magnificent river. See bridges, palaces, fortresses, seaside residences and, many other historical places. Travel around the city with 10 transportation tickets including metro, tram, ferry, funicular, bus, and metrobus. Take advantage of numerous discounts at many top attractions across the city and discover museums with the included audio guides at your own pace.

Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 75 Attractions & Services

2. Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 75 Attractions & Services

Save time and money with a convenient 2, 3, 5 or 7-day passport to Istanbul. The Istanbul Tourist Pass is an online city Pass that provides access to some of the city’s top sights, during the days you choose. It is the only city pass available that allows you to enjoy Istanbul in a simple, convenient, and fun way. All the passes include a chat service during available hours with professional guides over WhatsApp. By presenting your GetYourGuide voucher at the entrance, gain access to: • Hagia Sophia Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Topkapi Palace Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Basilica Cistern Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Blue Mosque Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Grand Bazar Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Hagia Irene Museum in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Tiled Pavilion Museum (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Museum of the Ancient Orient (check meeting point and tour schedule) • Photoshoot in Ottoman attire (1 per/pass, not per/person) • Şerefiye Cistern Guided Tour • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum • SEA Life Aquarium • Sapphire Observation Deck with 4D Skyride Simulation • Museum of Illusions • Hop-on hop-off Bosphorus boat cruise (1-ring or 1-day, Bosphorus Strait or Golden Horn) • Bosphorus boat tour • Princes’ Islands boat trip • LEGOLand (adults cannot enter without a child) • Xtrem Aventures • Pera Museum • Dialogue in the Silence • Istanbul Airport Shuttle (One way) • Jungle & Dungeon & Safari • Sakıp Sabancı Museum • Upside Down House Photo Experience • Jungle & Dungeon & Safari (cannot be visited without children) • The Museum of Selfies • Dialogue in the Silence • Bursa Day trip • Sapanca Lake & Maşukiye Daily Tour • Istanbul Segway Tour • Emaar Aquarium and Underwater Zoo • Istanbul Toy Museum By making reservations in advance and presenting your GetYourGuide voucher, get access to the following:• Discounted 1-way airport transfer. You are allowed to choose the direction • Whirling dervishes ceremony (requires a reservation in advance) • Bosphorus dinner cruise. Dinner and shows included (requires a reservation in advance) • Dialogue in the Dark • Combined Miniaturk Park Istanbul and Eyup Sultan Mosque and Pierre Loti Tour • Discounted COVID PCR Test • Discounted unlimited Wi-Fi device

Turkish & Islamic Art Museum: Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

3. Turkish & Islamic Art Museum: Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

Enjoy a totally unique art experience with a ticket and guided tour package of the the Ibrahim Paşa Palace. This unique building, currently housing the largest selection of Turkish and Islamic artworks is a stone structure just as beautiful as the artwork it houses. During your guided tour of the museum you will have access to the building's ceremony room and second court, where the collections are held.  Skip the line and walk straight in with your friendly and informative guide as you explore the world's biggest carpet collection, including rare carpets from the Seljuk Empire, Iranian and Caucasian regions. You can also marvel at collections of hand-written calligraphy, imperial edicts, ancient Qurans and other written works. Witness a very wide collection of articles made of wood, glass, ceramic and stone by artists from former Islamic regions, all of which are on display at the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum.

Istanbul: 5-Day Guided Museum Pass

4. Istanbul: 5-Day Guided Museum Pass

Enjoy a pass that will take the hassle out of visiting all the must-see sights of Istanbul. This 5-day pass will grant you skip-the-line access to the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Dolmabahçe Palace and Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. As you sightsee through these culturally and historically significant locations your pass will also ensure your very own English-speaking guide, maximizing your visit to all of these spectacular places.  Experience Hagia Sophia, great architectural beauty, and is an important monument both for the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum in the Turkish Republic, find out why the Hagia Sophia has always been a precious building.  Discover the Topkapi Palace and how it was built between 1466 - 1478 and served for over 400 years as the residency and administrative headquarter of the Ottoman Sultans.  Visit the Basilica Cistern, built in the 4th century and enlarged in 532 AD, used as water storage during Byzantine times. Listen to your guide as they explain the mystery of the Medusa heads from Greek mythology. Enjoy a totally unique art experience with a ticket and guided tour package of the Ibrahim Paşa Palace. This unique building, currently housing the largest selection of Turkish and Islamic artworks is a stone structure just as beautiful as the artwork it houses. During your guided tour of the Museum, you will have access to the building's ceremony room and second court, where the collections are held. Visit the second largest church of the Eastern Roman Empire, following Hagia Sophia located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace with your experienced guide. It ranks as the first church completed in Constantinople, before Hagia Sophia. Your 5-day pass allows you to visit the following sites by joining guided tours: - Topkapi Palace - Istanbul Archaeological Museums - Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts - Grand Bazaar - Blue Mosque - Hagia Sophia - Dolmabahce Palace - Basilica Cistern Guided tours have specific meeting points and timetables.

Istanbul: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

5. Istanbul: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

Explore the beauty of Istanbul on a self-guided audio tour. Admire the incredible architecture of the Hippodrome, the Tomb of the Sultans, the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, and the Great Palace Mosaic Museum. Download the MP3 audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area and start your adventure with your audio device as your guide. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to fascinating facts and stories of the city. Spend some time to taste the different food varieties and traditions while you wander through many parks and squares of the city. Walk at your own pace and submerge yourself into the colorful vibe of the capital city of Turkey. Visit the famous Blue Mosque and learn about its many changes over the last 500 years. Continue to see the other architectural heritages such as Archaeology Museum, the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern. Enjoy a hassle-free audio tour to the only city extending over Europe and Asia. 

Istanbul: E-pass for Top Attractions with Museum Pass

6. Istanbul: E-pass for Top Attractions with Museum Pass

Discover the best of what Istanbul has to offer with your e-pass, offering you convenience and comfort. This digital pass is accepted for more than 55 plans and attractions throughout the City of the Seven Hills without the need of standing in line, along with other benefits. Visit the most popular destinations with the different options this e-pass has to offer, adjusting to the length of your stay with passes for 2, 3, 5 and up to 7 days. The impressive amount of landmarks can be accessed using only one pass. Misplacing or carrying several vouchers is a thing of the past. Explore the ample offer of options in Istanbul with included benefits. Tours of the Hagia Sofia, Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar and several other locations have their own tour guides. Receive special perks for different attractions within the city and nearby, such as a pick up and drop off or discounts for a Gallipoli day tour, a cruise on the Bosphorus, among several other plans for you to choose from.

Istanbul Private: Topkapi & Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

7. Istanbul Private: Topkapi & Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

Explore Istanbul on a guided tour around some of the city’s most historic spots. See the different buildings that make up the Topkapi Palace Complex and explore the history of Islam and Ottoman Turkey at the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. A visit to Istanbul isn't complete without going to the Topkapi Palace Complex and Museum. The complex was the administrative center and residence of the imperial Ottoman Sultans for centuries and is one of the most attractive sites in Istanbul. See the Sultan's library and the religious relics exhibition that features precious and timeless artifacts for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. Get insight into the history and lives of the Ottoman Emperors and see what Ottoman court life must have been like. As you explore within the Topkapi Palace Complex, learn the story behind everything you see and each place you visit from your guide. Next, head to the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. Learn the history of Islam and Turkey that’s laid out in several chambers starting from the beginning of Islam. The museum also displays Qurans and books from various periods. See the section that houses some of the most priceless items directly related to the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Spot well-preserved items from the 6th century onwards. Before leaving, marvel at views of the Blue Mosque. Prepare for surprises and discoveries as you get to know this historical city on a deeper level. Having been the capital of both the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is unparalleled in its historical landmarks.

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What people are saying about Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 395 reviews

The guide is easy to use with great support via WhatsApp. It paid for itself easily. The guided tours were informative, not too long and generally allowed free time afterwards to enjoy the attraction. Only issue was that it kept logging me out and it was a faff to get the user name, type it in and log in. Never figured out how to use the card for Galatea Tower though. Only criticism was the partners they used. I booked two trips, the guide on the full day trip was really rude. The second guide on the half day trip clearly didn’t want to take me, firstly she told me there was construction and Miniaturk was closed (this was after driving me around various hotels for picks ups for 90 minutes). When she eventually did agree to take me there was no construction and the park was clearly fully open. During the tour she was on her phone the entire time, walked ahead only said three things to me :-1. 10 minutes, 2. 10 minutes, 3 1 hour.

Very well organised, easy to find the meeting points and very professionals guides explaining everything in a very good English.

Excellent product. Allowed us to travel freely throughout Istanbul and facilitated entry into a number of must see sites.

Great experience!! Guides were excellent. Very helpful. Very easy to plan everything thanks to the tourist pass.

This Is an incredible experience! Thank Hakan for your excellent tour.