Istanbul Museum Pass

In Istanbul, there are two types of Museum Pass that you can buy for your museum visits. One of them is owned and offered by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism and other one is offered by the authorized travel agents.


1. Museum Pass Istanbul Mobile (by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Istanbul Museum PassThis Museum Pass Istanbul offers access to 12 museums in Istanbul, that only belong to Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which also means State Museums. (see below)

Museums included

  • Topkapi Palace Museum
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
  • Hagia Irene Museum
  • Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museums
  • Chora Museum
  • Grand Palace Mosaics Museum
  • Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam
  • Yildiz Palace Museum
  • Galata Mevlevi House Museum
  • Rumeli Hisari Museum
  • Fethiye Museum

Pricing & Validity

Valid for 5 days starting from your first. Price is 185 TRY.

How to Buy?

You can buy this museum pass only online from the Ministry’s Museum Pass Istanbul Mobile website online.

Important Notice

You may have heard that there is another Museum Pass provided by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, named “Müzekart+”, which gives access to unlimited visits to more than 300 museums and archaeological sites in Turkey, valid for 1 year and with a price of 70 TRY. We want to inform you that this museum card is only for Turkish citizens and foreign residents in Turkey having “ID Number”.

2. Guided Museum Pass Istanbul (by the authorized travel agents)

This Museum Pass Istanbul offers access to 5 most visited Istanbul museums, and offered by authorized travel agents.


What it differs from the Ministry’s Istanbul Museum Pass?

Pros

* Skip the Line Admission
* Live Guide Commentary
* Easy Cancellation within 24-hours in advance

Cons

* Less Museums
* Expensive

Museums included (all in Sultanahmet)

Pricing & Validity

Valid for 5 days starting from your first. Price is € 50.

How to Buy Guided Istanbul Museum Pass?

You can buy Guided Istanbul Museum Pass via Istanbul’s authorized travel agents through Get Your Guide or Viator, which are world’s popular and trusted online tour selling companies. And they offer Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Buy Your Guided Museum Pass & Skip-the-line by Get Your Guide

Buy Your Guided Museum Pass: Skip-the-line Tickets by Viator

Valid for 5 days (from first museum visit), Skip the line, Printed or mobile voucher accepted, Instant confirmation, Wheelchair accessible, Easy cancellation, Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.


Which Museum Pass Should I Buy?

We can see that you may get confused about which museum pass you should buy. Let us guide you through this and give you our recommendations. Before we make the comparison, we can say that you should definitely buy a city discount pass like those, because when you visit the museums or any other attractions separately, and pay on the entrance, you will pay more.

“Museum Pass Mobile” or “Guided Museum Pass”?

The Ministry’s Museum Pass Istanbul Mobile (185 TRY, about € 28) offers access to 12 museums for a relatively good price than Guided Museum Pass Istanbul (€ 50) (offers 5 museums).

If you think that you can visit all those 12 museums during your Istanbul stay, and if skip-the-line-access and guide is not important for you, than it make sense and we recommend Ministry’s Museum Pass Istanbul Mobile.

If you think that visiting the most visited 5 museums in Istanbul would be enough and it would be a good choice to have skip-the-line-access plus professional guide, and the € 22 difference is not a big deal regarding the pluses than we recommend Guided Museum Pass Istanbul.

If you ask our thoughts as an insider; we can say that, majority of the tourists visit only the most important museums during their stay in Istanbul. Because they also take other shore excursions, attractions and neighborhood visits.

And also guided tours are mostly preferred by the tourists as they want learn more about the history of the place they visit, especially when we speak about Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern.

Skip-the-line-access is also a great choice because especially Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Museums takes thousands of visitors each day and waiting at the queue sometimes becomes really a mass, as they are one of world’s best and biggest museums.

And so we can recommend the Guided Museum Pass Istanbul.

Buy Your Guided Museum Pass & Skip-the-line by Get Your Guide

Buy Your Guided Museum Pass: Skip-the-line Tickets by Viator

Any Other Options?

Majority of the tourists take some other must-do attractions during their Istanbul visit, like each of us do when we visit a tourist. It can be cruises, specific shows, theme parks, and some other city sightseeing tours. And some authorized travel agents provide combo tours which include both museums and some attractions.

In Istanbul you can try these combo tours that include; Bosphorus Cruise, Whirling Dervishes Show and BigBus Istanbul City Sightseeing Tour. That is a great option and we highly recommend travelers to check out these offers that we put together below.

How does it differ from Istanbul Welcome Card or Istanbul Tourist Pass?

First of all, for the ones who will take attractions in addition to museums like majority of the tourists do, and stay 3 days or more in Istanbul, we do not recommend Istanbul Museum Pass. Because Tourist Pass or Welcome Card also offers the same museums and you may save more with them.

Tourist Pass is expensive than Welcome Card but while more expensive, you are having free access to higher end attractions without paying anything extra by Tourist Pass. Furthermore, you’ll get 3-days of unlimited mobile internet access with your pass along with WhatsApp traveler support, and one way airport transfer with Istanbul Tourist Pass.

If you are a museum lover and want to explore all the popular museums that the city offers, and you’ll not take any other city attractions, than we can recommend Istanbul Museum Pass.

If you think that guided Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace museum visits or 12 state museums visit, plus Bosphorus cruise and 10-20 free ride Public Transportation would be enough for you, than we can recommend Istanbul Welcome Card.

And if you will stay 3 days or more in Istanbul and want to take the advantage of fast track entry, free access to all top attractions in Istanbul, and get unlimited internet and airport transfer, than we recommend Istanbul Tourist Pass.