Istanbul Museum Pass, an economic opportunity to learn about Turkish history


Istanbul is currently one of the most popular tourist cities among tourists around the world.

As this Turkish city receives millions of tourists every year from all over the world, and many tourists come to visit its archaeological sites.


Meanwhile, there are many people wanting to visit museums in this city, and the Turkish government has provided facilities for tourists, including the Istanbul Museum Pass.

With the purchase of the Istanbul Museum Pass, you no longer have to pay every time you visit a museum in Istanbul, and you can also go to museums without having to wait in long lines to enter.

Follow us in this article to inform you about the advantages of the Istanbul Museum Pass.

Istanbul Museum Pass

As mentioned earlier, the Istanbul Museum Pass is one of the facilities provided by the Turkish government to the city’s tourists.

With this card, you can visit the most famous tourist attractions in Istanbul at the lowest cost, and you should know that many buildings and historical monuments in Istanbul have been converted into museums today, so through this card, you will be able to see different places closely.


You should know that each museum card is for one person only, and you do not need to get an Istanbul museum Pass for children under 12 years old.

With the museum card, you can visit each attraction only once, and if you leave the museum, you cannot re-enter it.

This museum entry card provides access to 10 museums in Istanbul, which only belong to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey.

Is the Istanbul Museum Pass the same as MüzeKart +?

No, not the same, the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism created the MüzeKart + card in 2008, it was and still a great success among Turkish citizens and foreigners residing in Turkey.

But tourists are not allowed to buy one, and the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism has created a separate card for tourists, the Istanbul Museum Pass.

The MüzeKart + card is valid for more than 300 museums all over Turkey, which only Turkish citizens and foreigners with a residence permit can obtain.

Therefore, as a tourist to Istanbul, Museum Pass Istanbul is the only card that you can apply for!

Museums that you can visit using the Istanbul Museum Pass


Pros of the Istanbul Museum Pass

  • The Istanbul Museum Pass will save you the cost of visiting the most famous museums in Turkey, about 45% of the cost
  • With the Istanbul Museum Pass, you do not need to stand in line and you can enter the museum without delay

The price and validity of the Istanbul Museum Pass

The Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for 5 days, and the start time is exactly the same time you use the card for the first time.

The price of the Istanbul Museum Pass is 360 Turkish liras (about 40 euros).


How to get the Istanbul Museum Pass?

You can prepare the Istanbul Museum Pass in person or by applying online. Below, we will explain to you how you can obtain the Istanbul Museum Pass:

Getting the Istanbul Museum Pass in person

You don’t need to go to a special place to buy an Istanbul Museum Pass, all you have to do is plan to visit one of the most famous attractions in Istanbul and get the Istanbul Museum Pass from the ticket office.

In general, you can find the Istanbul Museum card in museums such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul Archeology Museums, Palace of the Mosaic Museum, Khora Church, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, and Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam.

Setting up Istanbul Museum Pass online

As you know, these days we can use the Internet to fulfill most of our needs, so you can also apply for an Istanbul Museum Pass online, and by registering and providing your hotel’s address on the website, they will send the card to the hotel for you.

Istanbul Museum Pass Website:


Other Istanbul Museum pass types and prices

Istanbul Deluxe Welcome Card

This card is delivered to your hotel for free when you buy it online, and it will be ready for use upon your arrival, you can also get it from both airports in Istanbul.

Istanbul Welcome Card enables you to skip long queues in 9 museums, and a tourist guide is included with 3 of them, a Bosphorus cruise, 20 free rides on public transport (metro, bus, tram …), and a digital guide book and a map .

Museums include:

Topkapi Palace, Galata Museum, Great Mosaic Palace Museum, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Archeology Museum, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Rumeli Hisar Castle, Museum of Science and Technology in Islam, and the Basilica Reservoir.


Tour guides include:

You will have a guided tour of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Basilica Reservoir with one of Istanbul’s historical guides.

  • Hagia Sophia: Tour duration: 60 daily minutes at 10:30
  • Topkapi Palace: Tour Duration: 90 minutes daily at 12:00, except for Tuesday
  • Basilica Reservoir: Tour duration: 30 minutes, daily at 12:00, 13:00, 15:00
  • Bosphorus cruise: Tour duration: 90 minutes, daily at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, and 17:00

Card validity and price:

It is valid for 7 days from your first visit.

Price: 85 euros.

You can buy the Istanbul Deluxe Welcome Card through its official website by clicking here.

MüzeKart + card

There are about 300 museums in Turkey, and if you want to visit them all, you can get a MüzeKart + card that cost 60 Turkish liras, which is valid for one year, but this card is only available to Turkish citizens and foreigners residing in Turkey.

To purchase a MüzeKart + card click here.