As the name suggests, the military museum in Istanbul is dedicated to the collection and display of the military weapons as well the history of Turkish military past. The site which is recognized as the military museum was once the center of the Ottoman Imperial Military Academy. Inside this museum, the visitors will find medals, military uniforms, flags, emblems, armored shirts, shields, paintings, and various types of guns on display. The centre of attraction in this museum is the Mehter Concert that takes place daily. Military marching in accompaniment to military bands is always fun and in Istanbul, they don’t dissapoint. In the modern Turkish language, the band as a whole is known as the Takimi. According to the beliefs the first Mehter from this place was sent to the Alaeddin three along with the letter which gives its blessing to the new state formed. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Istanbul itinerary 5 days.
- If you are fond of music, then you can hear different styles of music.
- Follow the kids as the place can be real crowded.
- Do not engage with any stranger.
- Adult: 3 TL
- Students: 1 TL
- The Mehter concert takes place between 03:00pm-04:00pm every day.
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12.62% of people who visit Istanbul include Military Museum in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
60.92% of people start their Military Museum visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Military Museum
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Military Museum
A tremendously interesting experience. This museum is expansive, and jam packed with everything from dioramas, to antique weapons, to more recent artefacts. Signage is in a combination of English and Turkish. Make sure to set aside a whole day, this isn't somewhere you can rush through
This place is huge. There are a lot of interesting items from all periods of history. Staff was friendly and fluent in english. Ticket price is cheap and there are interactive expositions. It takes hours to see it all so you better be rested and not just coming by foot from Dolmabahçe, with your feet hurting like hell.
A wonderful museum, with good content. The 1 hour mehter band is worth waiting for at 3pm (too loud for young children under 3). Exhibits labeled mostly in Turkish & some section do not have translation. Baby prams & bags not allowed beyond the ticket counter.
Magnificent military museum. You can find almost every kind of guns, rifles, bayonets, knifes and all kind of ancient war gadgets. Don't forget to see Mehteran show.
Great museum with interesting artifacts and fascinating history, but it is not well operated. Guests were asked to leave long before closing time that is indicated by multiple websites including Google and TripAdvisor. Staff did not warn me that museum would close early when I purchased my ticket. Wish that I was allowed more time to explore this museum.