Istanbul Museum Pass

Istanbul E-pass provides many more services than the Istanbul museum pass. Get a guided tours and entry to Top Istanbul Attractions free of cost with Istanbul E-pass. Experience a soothing and leisurely tour of several attractions with us without any hassle of standing in the lines to get a pass. You can see a detailed comparison between this two tourist pass below in the article.

Updated Date : 31.07.2022

Istanbul Museum Pass

Recently, Turkeys Ministry of Culture and Tourism is offering a lot of different options for travelers to make their visits easier. One of the best options for travelers is, without a doubt Istanbul Museum Pass. But what is Istanbul Museum Pass, and what are the primary advantages of having the pass? Here are some basics of how the Istanbul Museum Pass works and what basic benefits it has. 

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First of all, if you have some time visiting museums in Istanbul, it is logical to buy the pass. The places that Istanbul Museum Pass includes are Topkapi Palace Museum, Topkapi Palace Harem Section, Hagia Irine Museum, Archeological Museums of Istanbul, Great Palace Mosaic Museum, Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, Islamic Science and Technology Museum, Galata Tower, Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum and Rumeli Fortress Museum.

The majority of the museums in Istanbul are controlled by the ministry of culture and tourism of Turkey. The Istanbul Museum Pass offers travelers a direct entrance to the museums controlled by the government ministry. This means no extra delay for the entry on the line for buying the tickets. Even if you don't want to enter all of the places mentioned above, you can still use the advantage of cutting the ticket line. This still gives the traveler the comfort of not waiting in line. What's more, the price of the museum tickets becomes cheaper if you buy the pass. 

You can buy the card from most of the museums mentioned above, but the best location will be the Archeological Museums of Istanbul. You need to enter the ticket line to buy the card if you want to buy it from the museums. Another idea is buying it online and just taking the card from the ticket booths with the confirmation. 

The price for the Museum Pass Istanbul for five days is 700 TL. The pass will become active after the first usage and will be available to use for five days.

The comparison between Istanbul museum pass and Istanbul E-pass is listed below;

Attractions in Istanbul Istanbul Museum Pass Istanbul E-pass
Hagia Sophia  X Guided Tour Included
Topkapi Palace Museum (Skip the line) Included Included
Topkapi Palace Harem (Skip the line) Included  Included
Hagia Irene (Skip the line) Included Included
Archeological Museum (Skip the line) Included Included
Mosaic Museum (Skip the line) Included Included
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Skip the line) Included Included
Islamic Science Museum (Skip the line) Included Included
Galata Tower (Skip the line) Included Included
Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum (Skip the line) Included Included
Rumeli Fortress Museum (Skip the line) Included Included
Dolmabahce Palace Museum (Skip the line) X Guided Tour Included
Basilica Cistern (Skip the line) X X
Serefiye Cistern  X Guided Tour Included
Grand Bazaar X Guided Tour Included
Blue Mosque X Guided Tour Included
Bosphorus Cruise X Included
Hop on Hop Off Cruise X Included
Dinner and Cruise w Turkish Shows X Included
Princes Island Boat Trip from Eminounu Port X Included
Princes Island Boat Trip from Kabatas Port X Included
Madame Tussauds Istanbul X Included
Sealife Aquarium Istanbul X Included
Legoland Discovery Center Istanbul X Included
Istanbul Aquarium X Included
Customer Support (Whatsapp) X Included
Museum Of Illusion Istiklal X Included
Museum Of Illusion Anatolia X Included
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony X Included
Airport Transfer Roundtrip (Discounted) X Included
Istanbul Airport Shuttle (One-way) X Included
Bursa City Day Trip Tour X Included
Sapanca Lake Masukiye Daily Tour X Included
Sile & Agva Daily Tour from Istanbul X Included
Covid-19 PCR Test (Discounted) X Included
Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul (Discounted) X Included
Gallipoli Daily Tour (Discounted) X Included
Troy Daily Tour (Discounted) X Included
Sapphire Observation Deck X Included
Jungle Istanbul X Included
Safari Istanbul X Included
Dungeon Istanbul X Included
Toy Museum Balat Istanbul X Included
4D Skyride Simulation X Included

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Here is some information about the places that are included in the Istanbul Museum Pass.

Topkapi Palace Museum

If you like the stories of royal families and treasuries, this would be the place to see. You can learn about the Ottoman royal family and how they ruled one-third of the world from this beautiful palace. Don't miss the Holy Relics Hall and the fantastic view of the Bosphorus at the end of the palace in the fourth garden.

Topkapi Palace Istanbul

Topkapi Palace Harem

Harem is where the Sultan spends his private life with the other members of the royal family. As the word Harem means confidential or secret, this is the section that we don't have many records about the history of itself. Most probably the highest decoration of the palace, including the best tiles, carpets, mother of pearl, and the rest was used in this section of the palace. Don't miss the room of the queen mother with its decoration details.

Hagia Irene Museum

Originally built as a church, Hagia Irene Museum had lots of different functions in history. Going back to Constantine the Great, it served as a church, arsenal, army garrison, and storage for archeological finds in Turkey. Here the place not to miss is the atrium (entrance) which is the only example from the Roman Era in Istanbul.

Hagia Irene Museum

Archeological Museums of Istanbul

One of the oldest and the largest museums of Istanbul is the Istanbul Archeological Museums. With its three different buildings, the museums give the complete onology of Istanbul and Turkey. The most important things to see in the museums are the oldest peace treaty globally, Kadesh, through the ages Istanbul section, Roman Emperors' sarcophaguses, and the Roman and Greek sculptures.

Istanbul Archeological Museum

Great Palace Mosaic Museum

One of the rare places you can still see the Great Roman Palace in Istanbul is the Mosaic Museum. You can see the mythological stories alongside scenes from the daily life of Romans in Istanbul. You can also understand the Roman Palace's size that was standing once after you see this museum. This fantastic attraction is also included in the Istanbul museum pass.

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

This museum is a must for travelers who want to understand Islam and the arts that Islam brought to the world, starting from its foundation. The museum is in a palace from the 15th century, and you can see how the art was integrated into a religion within centuries with onological order. Don't miss the original seats of the Hippodrome, which is on the first floor of the museum.

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

Islamic Science and Technology Museum

Located in the famous Gulhane Park, these museums give travelers the chance to learn about Muslim scientists' inventions in history. The first world maps, mechanical clocks, medical inventions, and compasses are among the items you see in this museum.

Galata Tower

Galata Tower is one of the most iconic monuments of Istanbul. The main function of the tower was watching the Bosphorus and keeping it safe from the enemies. Later on, it had lots of other purposes and started functioning as a museum with the Republic. The tower gives you one of the best views of the entire Istanbul.

Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum

Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum is one of Mevlevi lodges' headquarters in Turkey and the oldest institution in Istanbul from 1481. Mevlevi lodges served as a school for those who wanted to understand the great scholar of Islam, Mevlana Jelluddin-I Rumi. Today, the building functions as a museum that shows most Sufi orders, costumes, philosophy, and rituals. Istanbul museum pass covers this attraction.

Rumeli Fortress Museum

Rumeli Fortress is the biggest fortress in the Bosphorus from the 15th century. It was built for securing the Bosphorus from the enemy and the base for a garrison ships back in Ottoman times. Today it serves as a museum that you can see the cannons used in the past and fascinating views of the Bosphorus.

Rumeli Fortress

Alternatives of Istanbul Museum Pass

Istanbul Museum Pass has another alternative recently. Istanbul E-pass is offering all the benefits of Istanbul Museum Pass plus several other museums and venues. It also provides many different services and highlights of Istanbul, such as Bosphorus Cruises, guided museum tours, Aquarium visits, Illusion Museum visits, and airport transfers.

The Istanbul E-pass is easy to buy from the website, and its price starts from 95 Euros. 

Having a pass saves you from ticket lines at every place you visit. It saves time and lets you worry less and enjoy more. Istanbul Museum Pass is undoubtedly a treat, but Istanbul E-Pass offers added benefits.

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Skip Ticket Line Topkapi Palace Museum Entrance with Audio Guide

Topkapi Palace Museum Entrance with Audio Guide Price without pass €28 Free with Istanbul E-pass View attraction

Skip Ticket Line Galata Tower Entrance

Galata Tower Entrance Price without pass €10 Free with Istanbul E-pass View attraction

Guided Tour Hagia Sophia Guided Tour

Hagia Sophia Guided Tour Price without pass €14 Free with Istanbul E-pass View attraction

Guided Tour Basilica Cistern Guided Tour

Basilica Cistern Guided Tour Price without pass €22 Free with Istanbul E-pass View attraction

Reservation Required Bosphorus Cruise Tour with Dinner and Turkish Shows

Bosphorus Cruise Tour with Dinner and Turkish Shows Price without pass €35 Free with Istanbul E-pass View attraction

Guided Tour Dolmabahce Palace Guided Tour

Dolmabahce Palace Guided Tour Price without pass €29 Free with Istanbul E-pass View attraction

Walk In Whirling Dervishes Show

Whirling Dervishes Show Price without pass €15 Free with Istanbul E-pass View attraction

Reservation Required Bursa Tour Day Trip From Istanbul

Bursa Tour Day Trip From Istanbul Price without pass €35 Free with Istanbul E-pass View attraction

Walk In Istanbul Aquarium Florya

Istanbul Aquarium Florya Price without pass €20 Free with Istanbul E-pass View attraction

Guided Tour Istiklal Street and Taksim Square Guided Tour

Istiklal Street and Taksim Square Guided Tour Price without pass €15 Free with Istanbul E-pass View attraction

Skip Ticket Line Topkapi Palace Harem Section Entrance

Topkapi Palace Harem Section Entrance Price without pass €10 Free with Istanbul E-pass View attraction

Reservation Required Sapanca Lake and Masukiye Tour Day Trip From Istanbul

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