MUSEUM OF THE ANCIENT ORIENT
This museum is a separate section of the Archaeological Museum. It was originally built by Osman Hamdi Bey, the famous Ottoman painter and director of the Archaeological Museum, as the first fine arts academy in Turkey when the academy moved to Cağaloğlu in 1917, the building was converted into a museum and put under the direction of the scholar Halil Ethem. The building was later restored in the years between 1963 and 1973.
This museum contains a rich collection of ancient Anatolian archaeological finds, including Urartian, Hittite, Akkadian, Babylonian, Sumerian, Assyrian, and Aramaic objects, as well as seals from Nippur and a copy of the Code of Hammurabi. There is also a considerable collection of pre-Islamic artifacts from the Arabian Peninsula and ancient Egypt.
Eski Şark Eserleri Müzesi
Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu, Gülhane (212) 520 77 40
Open daily 9.00-17.00 except Monday