Children's museum at Istanbul Archeology Museum

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Children's museum at Istanbul Archeology Museum

Post by winelady » Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:00 pm

Down the hill from Topkapi Palace is the Istanbul Archeolgy museum. It's 5 lira to get in (except for kids young enough to pass as 6-7 or younger). It has a children's museum as part of the overall museum complex. We found it a little disappointing for children who don't speak Turkish as it was the only language posted in that section (most of the rest of the museum has signs in both English and Turkish). Our children enjoyed going up in the large model of the Trojan horse and running up and down the stairs of the castle that made up a good portion of the children's section. When we visited there was a large (I believe temporary) exhibit of artifacts from Troy over the ages. Since we were not able to visit Troy on this trip, we used this exhibition and the big horse as a stand-in and I think it was a pretty good compromise.

On the walkway out of the museum we saw a guy on two separate occasions who had baby rabbits that tell your fortune for 3 lira. We didn't pay it, but the children thought the rabbits were great. There is also a large park just down the hill from there that has cotton candy vendors and a few pieces of playground equipment and fountains. The park provided some much-needed space to run and be rambunctious after spending time in the museum.
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Post by carrie » Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:29 pm

Thanks for posting this information winelady as it will be very useful for other members travelling with children.

Also a worthwhile place to visit would be the minature park. My children loved the one here in Antalya.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniaturk
http://www.turkey-now.org/Default.aspx?pgID=706

Istanbul - http://www.miniaturk.com.tr/

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Post by winelady » Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:41 pm

I can't believe we misse that one! Oh well, it's something to save for next time.
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Post by FlyMeOff » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:47 am

carrie wrote:Thanks for posting this information winelady as it will be very useful for other members travelling with children.

Also a worthwhile place to visit would be the minature park. My children loved the one here in Antalya.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniaturk
http://www.turkey-now.org/Default.aspx?pgID=706

Istanbul - http://www.miniaturk.com.tr/

Carrie
I completely agree with you 100%, Carrie! The info winelady posted really is extremely helpful. As someone who will be visiting Turkey next month and who has children, I'm always on the look-out for fun and educational events for the entire family. I mean, I don't want to bore them to tears with the "education" factor, but I don't want their brains to rot either. ;)

The children's museum at Istanbul Archeology Museum really does sound like a smashing idea. I just hope that the kids like it as much as I know I will. Turkey has a very rich history and I want them to see it first hand. We go on a lot of midwest vacations, but I want them to see outside the U.S. too! So thank you, winelady for your review and input! And thank YOU Carrie for the other Turkey resources. This is going to make for a great vacation. I can already tell you that right now. =)
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