Visit Information

Visit Hours


Museum is open everyday except Tuesdays.

Visit Hours

Winter Season: Between October 30th - April 15th

Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited between 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Attention: Ticket booths close at 4:00 PM

Summer Season: Between April 15th - October 30th

Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited between 9:00 AM - 6:45 PM

Attention: Ticket booths close at 6:00 PM

Museum visit information for the public holidays and religios festivals is at the table below

Date Museum Open Museum Open Between 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM Museum Closed
January 1st 2016 Friday (New Year)    
April 23th 2016 Saturday (National Sovereignty and the Children Day)    
May 1st 2016 Sunday (Labour Day)    
May 19th 2016 Thursday (Commemoration of Atatürk and Youth and Sports Day)    
July 4th 2016 Monday ( Eve of Ramadan Festival)    
July 5th 2016 Tuesday ( 1st Day of Ramadan Festival)    
July 6th 2016 Wednesday ( 2nd Day of Ramadan Festival)    
July 7th 2016 Thursday ( 3rd Day of Ramadan Festival)    
August 30th 2016 Tuesday (Victory Day)    
September 11th 2016 Sunday ( Eve of Festival of Sacrifice)    
September 12th 2016 Monday ( 1st Day of Festival of Sacrifice)    
September 13th 2016 Tuesday ( 2nd Day ofFestival of Sacrifice)    
September 14th 2016 Wednesday (3rd Day of Festival of Sacrifice)    
September 15th 2016 Thursday (4th Day of Festival of Sacrifice)    
October 29th 2016 Saturday ( Republic Day)    

 

Tour Plan

Tour plan of the Topkapı Palace Museum can be reached from this link

Admission

Online Ticket

Online-ticket service can be reached now by this link:  https://www.muze.gov.tr/buy_e_ticket.

Museum Pass

In order to obtain and get more information  about museum pass card visit this website: https://muze.gov.tr/buy_museum_pass

Museum Ticket : 40 TL

Ticket Price for one person for the main entrance is  40 TL except Harem Section

Harem and Halberdiers with Tresses Dormitory Ticket : 25 TL

If you want to visit Harem and Halberdiers with Tresses Dormitory Ticket you have to buy a seperate ticket from the ticket booths where stands outside of the museum or in front of the Harem  entrance.

Ticket Price for one person for the Harem and Halberdiers with Tresses Dormitory Ticket entrance is 25 TL.

Hagia Irene Ticket: 20 TL

Museum Pass is available at Hagia Irene

No group discount at Hagia Irene

Ticket for the Hagia Irene is not available for entering to the Topkapı Palace Museum

Free Admission / ID is a Must

• Turkish children and teenagers 18 years old or younger and teachers accompanying students group at these ages

• Foreign children 12 years or younger except Harem. For the Harem under 6 and younger.

• Citizens of the Turkish Republic 65 years old or older

• Veteran's spouses, children and their father and mother with the veteran's accompany. And Martyr's Relative ID holders

• Turkish and Foreign Handicapped people with one attendant. (with a visible handicap or a document submission)

• Soldiers and non-commissioned officers.

• Owners of ICOMOS, UNESCO and ICOM cards.

• Owners of domestic and foreign Press Card.

• Owners or responsible directors of travel agencies

• Personnel and pensioners of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and spouses, children mother and father by their accompanion

• Foreign children 12 years or younger.

Can enter to the Topkapı Palace Museum without price

• Children between 0-6 ages,can enter to the Harem, Hagia Irene and Halberdier's with Tresses Section of the Topkapı Palace without price with their accompanion who bought ticket

Free visits of the groups that mentioned before can be with a paper of permission obtained from the Central Directorate of Revolving Funds

• By hosting of the Public Institutions of the Republic of Turkey with their own budget, official delegations above the rank of Deputy Minister, official military delegations above the rank of Force Commander, their spouses, accompanions, security officials, and delegations of prior review with security purposes, and officials of the Republic of Turkey that accompanying them.

• Except in scope of supporting International Congress Organizations and only city tour or/and transfer hostings, the guests and delegations who hosted by Head of Department of  Foreign Relations and EU,General Directorate of Promotion of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Culture and Promotion Attache and Adviser Offices (Regulatory approval concerning the host will be attached to the paper of demand)

• Media groups and their accompanions which are being hosted by General Directorate of Promotion of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Culture and Promotion Attache and Adviser Offices (Regulatory approval concerning the host will be attached to the paper of demand)

•Foreign tour operators and ino groups which have been informed by Union of Travel Association Agencies of Turkey

• Attendees to the activities which provide benefit to promotion of the Museum which organized by Governorates, Province Culture and Tourism Directorate or/and Museum Directorate

Accepted payment methods

The museum ticket windows accept payment in cash or by credit card

Arrival

From Atatürk Airport:

You can go until Aksaray via metro line inside the airport. After reaching Aksaray, tram line can be used to reach to the Sultanahmet station. From Sultanahmet station, you can reach to the Topkapı Palace Museum by walking from the path in front of from Hagia Sophia Museum and Hürrem Sultan Bath

Arrival by Marmaray:

Sirkeci Station of the Marmaray is the nearest station to the Topkapı Palace Museum. From Sirkeci Station, you can reach in front of the Governorate of Istanbul. You can follow the path to the Gülhane entrance and can reach to the Topkapı Palace Museum by following the marks.

Arrival by Tram Line:

Gülhane station and Sultanahmet station are the nearest stations to the Topkapı Palace Museum.

From Sultanahmet station, you can reach to the Topkapı Palace Museum by walking from the path in front of from Hagia Sophia Museum and Hürrem Sultan Bath

From Gülhane station, you can follow the path to the Gülhane entrance and can reach to the Topkapı Palace Museum by following the marks.

Visit Rules

Taking Photo inside the exhibiton halls is prohibited

Please, do not take photo inside the exhibition halls in which contains/displays  objects. 

Entering sections with baby cars is prohibited

Baby cars are not allowed to enter to the museum sections. Please don’t forget this rule before buy a ticket. 

We ask you to wear appropriate clothes or use the cloths provided by our staff while visiting the Sacred Relics Department 

We ask that you refrain from entering the Sacred Relics Department with shorts, mini-skirts, tank tops, or strapless clothing..

Tripod usage is liable to permission

No guide service is given at the Topkapı Palace Museum

No guide service is given at the Topkapı Palace Museum . Visitors want to visit the Museum with guide can rent Audio Guide from the booths inside. Also they can take service from the guides registrated to the Chamber of Guides at the entrance gate of the palace

Practical Information

  • Audio Guide can be hired at the Museum

  • Nursing room is at the third courtyard next to the Harem exit

  • Professional photos inside the museum and exhibiton halls needs permission from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. All photo and film shooting requests must be sent with a petition to the Istanbul Directorate of the Culture and Tourism. Contact info can be found here

  • Disabled Visitors

    Admission is free for all disabled visitors and one companion.

    Some sections and places of the palace are not accessible to wheelchair users because of stairs.

    At the during of your visit, in case of you need wheelchair you can apply to information desk at the entrance of the museum.
    These sections are listed below:

    Inaccessible Sections:

    Imperial Council Hall or Domed Chamber

    Portraits of The Ottoman Sultans

    Circumcision Room, Koca Mustafa Paşa Kiosk, Revan Kiosk and Baghdad Kiosk

    Library of Sultan Ahmet III. or Library of Enderun

    Hall of Auidience

    Accessible Sections:

    Arms and Armour

    Clocks

    Courtyards of the Palace

    Imperial Wardrobe Colection

    Rooms of Treasury / Fatih Pavillion

    Sacred Relics

    Harem

    Toilet / Restroom

    There is a toilet in the palace for the disabled visitors. This toilet can be found near the second gate (Gate of Salutation) on the right corner at the second courtyard of the palace.

    School Groups

    • There is no any discount for the foreign school groups.

    • Admission is free under age of 12 children for main entrance.

    • We don’t have reservation service in advance for the foreign school groups

    Open and Closed Sections

    At the Harem Section, Mosque and Courtyard of Black Eunuchs, Corridor of Concubines, Imperial Sofa, Privy Room of Murad III., Chamber of Crown Princes, Harem Mosque and Courtyard of the Favourites are opened to visit.

    Other Parts of the Harem Section are on restoration and closed to visit

     
    Section Name Open Closed Due to Restoration Closed
    Privy Stables      
    Imperial Council Hall      
    Harem      
    Dormitory of Hallberdiers With Tresses      
    Clocks      
    Palace Kitchens      
    Hall of Audience      
    Sultan Clothes      
    Treasury 1st Room      
    Treasury 2nd Room      
    Treasury 3rd Room      
    Treasury 4th Room      
    Library of Ahmed III      
    Sacred Relics Department      
    Sultan Portraits      
    Baghdat Pavilion      
    Revan Pavilion      
    Circumsission Room      
    Sofa Pavilion      
    Sofa Mosque      
    Head Psyhician's Tower      

     

    Cafes and Restaurants

    First Courtyard:

    Karakol Restaurant ( Restaurant )

    Web: http://www.karakolrestaurant.com/

    Tel: +90 (212) 514 94 94

    E-mail: info@karakolrestaurant.com


    BKG Museum's Cafe( Cafe - Snacks )

    Tel  : +90 (212) 451 62 50

    Fax :  +90 (212) 451 62 90

    E-mail: info@bkg.com.tr

    Second Courtyard:

    BKG Museum's Cafe( Cafe - Snacks )

    E-mail: info@bkg.com.tr

    Tel  : +90 (212) 451 62 50

    Fax :  +90 (212) 451 62 90

    Fourth Courtyard:

    Konyalı Restaurant ( Restaurant )

    E-mail: saray@konyalilokantasi.com 

    Tel: +90 (212) 513 96 96 

    Fax: +90 (212) 519 04 52

    Book and Gift Stores

    There are several bookstores in and around the Topkapi Palace. They offer a wide range of guides, books and art books, together with art objects, replicas and merchandise related to temporary exhibitions.

    Visitors will find guidebook to accompany their visit and souvenirs of their time at the museum’s shops.

    There are three museum shops inside the museum. One of them is located at the first courtyard of the palace and to arrive here you don’t need to buy a ticket the others are located second and third courtyard of the palace.