Neighbouring Cultures Of Istanbul (Thrakia-Bithynia) and ByzantiumThe Directorate of Istanbul Archeology Museums that is dependent on the General Directorate of Monuments and Museums of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Turkey is on the Osman Hamdi Bey Ascent that opens to the Topkap� Palace Museum from the right of the G�lhane Park Entry which is in the Sultanahmet district.
Istanbul Archeology Museums consist of three museums. Those are Archeology Museum, Old Eastern Works Museum and Enameled Kiosk Museum. Istanbul Archeology Museums, which were established as M�ze-i Humayun (Empire Museum) by the famous artist and museum director Osman Hamdi Bey at the end of the 19th century, were opened to public on June 13, 1891.
Besides its importance as the �first Turkish museum�, it has an importance and specialty being one of the museum buildings that are constructed as a Museum in the World. Today, it still protects its outstanding place in the World�s biggest museums with its works more than a million belonging to various cultures. In the museum collections, there are rich and very important works of art belonging to various civilizations from the regions from Balkans to Africa, from Anatolia and Mesopotamia to Arab Peninsula and Afghanistan that were in the borders of the Ottoman Empire. The Archeology Museum consists of two separate buildings.I) MAIN BUILDING (OLD BUILDING)II) ADDITIONAL BUILDING (NEW BUILDING) The museum has received the European Council Museum Award in 1991, which is its 100. establishment anniversary, with the new arrangement made in the lower floor saloons and the Additional Building display.