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Fine display of rare weapons, the Mehter Concert a must when visiting

Interesting early machine guns, richly ornamented revolvers, fine edged weapons. Not very much... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stockholm, Sweden
military discipline, interesting concert

a rigid administration by the army, however, good displays, amazing artefacts and a rich collection... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Istanbul, Turkey
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Valikonagi Cad. | Harbiye, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 233 27 20
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting early machine guns, richly ornamented revolvers, fine edged weapons. Not very much details about famous battles. The Concert at 1500 hrs is alone worth a visit. Really blood chilling battle tunes.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kattullus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a rigid administration by the army, however, good displays, amazing artefacts and a rich collection of armory. Military concert which starts at 15.00 is a must! Open every day except Mondays and Tuesdays

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank guideturk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this recommended museum today and it was indeed quite interesting, remember this museum does not open on a Monday, however I fully recommend visiting this museum if you are into ottoman history going back 400 years there are many artifacts on very old...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank fhaffar
Reviewed 10 December 2018

The Harbiye Military Museum lays only 15 minutes walking distance from the city center. Has interesting objects like armors, the Byzantian chain closing the Golden horn, paintings etc. There are also Ottoman military music concerts several times a week. Worth visit to have a glimpse...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank kizilkedi
Reviewed 29 November 2018

It was 3rd time I've been to this museum. I bring my friends to watch around. Even you don't have interest about history, this place involve you to search and read releated to items inside!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Mustafa Y
Reviewed 26 November 2018

I came here as a vet this interests me. I did not have the time to go through the museum but spoke with a British couple who just finished the tour and it took some time. they enjoyed it and said it was worth it....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Joe J
Reviewed 23 November 2018

The museum is great if you want to see a lot of swords, helmets and guns. There no real story behind most of the artifacts

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Biem94
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Turkey has such an incredible military history, where to begin? Just consider one city alone: today's Istanbul was Constantinople and became the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire in the 4th century. Accordingly you'll find swords and battle-axes galore ... in fact a very rich...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank stevenm00001
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Great military history of Turkey. From early tribal/villager days to the great Ottoman empire. Bonus was the marching band in the afternoon.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LimG19
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Good place to visit if you have time but I wouldn’t say it is a must do while in Istanbul unless your into guns and stuff. It is well laid out and information is in English, well, most of it. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nzhayden
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chic streets are considered the very heart of
contemporary Istanbuli life, where an epicenter of
fashion and a thriving business district meet to
create an expressly “downtown” feel. Though largely a
residential neighborhood, luxury hotels, fine dining
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Response from Dora002 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Virginia, There is a cafeteria situated at the ground floor of the museum. Nevertheless, the museum is so near Nisantasi district that you may find many restaurants & coffee shops.