Archeology Museum: The Istanbul Archaeological Museum houses over one million objects, the most extraordinary of which are the sarcophagi that date back as far as the 4th century BC. The museum excels, however, in its rich chronological collection of locally found artifacts that shed light on the origins and history of the city.

Istanbul Modern: Istanbul’s first modern Museum of Art, with a permanent Turkish collection as well as temporary international shows. Worth to visit for its waterside cafe as well.

Pera Museum: Primarily 20 th -Century Turkish and international art; recent shows included Frida Kahlo& Diego Rivera and Fernando Botero.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum: A never-ending collection of model boats, trains, cars and kooky toys. There’s even a real submarine to clamber through, TCG Uluçalireis, Floating in the Golden Horn.

Sakıp Sabancı Museum: Stunning location, a beautiful calligraphy collection, blockbuster shows; recent exhibitions included “Legendary Istanbul; 8,000 years of History” as well as Picasso and Dali retrospectives.

Santral Istanbul: Part Energy Museum, part contemporary exhibition space, housed in the former Silahtarağa Power Plant and now part of Bilgi University campus.

*** Museums are mostly closed on Mondays, and entry prices for these around 10-20.-TL