Hagia Sophia History Museum

Find here a comprehensive guide to planning your visit to Hagia Sophia History Museum, including what is inside, what are the collections, opening hours, and tickets.

What is Inside of Hagia Sophia History Museum?

What is Inside of Hagia Sophia History Museum?

The Hagia Sophia History Museum, which welcomed its first visitors in 2023, The museum exhibits Hagia Sophia's 1700-year history with an expansive audiovisual experience.

Visitors are welcomed at the door, and then they are escorted throughout the museum. They start their tour on the third floor. The Roman Empire Period is depicted on the third level, and the Ottoman Period is depicted on the second floor of the museum as part of the extensive audiovisual experience offered on the top two floors of the museum.

On the first floor, many of the artefacts are, for the first time, being exhibited publicly in the cathedral, mosque, museum, and mosque galleries.

The Eastern Roman cistern is visible through the frameless windows on the ground floor of the building.

The Hagia Sophia History Museum provides a one-of-a-kind experience for those who wish to gain a holistic understanding of the rich history of Hagia Sophia.

Things to Know About Hagia Sophia History Museum

Hagia Sophia History Museum is basically a new generation of comprehensive, unique audiovisual museum experiences located in Sultanahmet Square.

Where is it Located?

It is located in Sultanahmet Square, next to the Islamic Art Museum.


Adress: Binbirdirek Mah. At Meydanı Sok.No:10 Fatih / Istanbul

How Much are the Ticket Prices?

Entrance fee for foreign tourists: 1000 lira

Entrance Fee For Domestic Tourists: 250 lira.

How Long Does a Visit Take?

This museum presents a different approach to the impact and history of one of the world's most famous sites.
Expansive audiovisual exhibits take 30 minutes; visitors can complete the whole museum in approximately 45–60 minutes.

When is the Best Time to Visit?

You don't have to worry about crowds, as visitors are admitted to the exhibition in groups or individually with museum guidance.

Plan Your Visit to the Hagia Sophia History Museum

Plan Your Visit to the Hagia Sophia History Museum

Location

Hagia Sophia History Museum is located in Sultanahmet Square, next to the Islamic Art Museum and in front of Horse Square. You can walk from the Grand Bazaar in 20 minutes.


Adress: Binbirdirek Mah. At Meydanı Sok.
No:10 Fatih / Istanbul


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Getting There

- Walk: Located in Sultanahmet Square, you can walk from the Grand Bazaar in 20 minutes.

- Marmaray: Sirkeci Station, just a 15-minute walk away

- Tram: Sultanahmet and Gülhane station.

- Bus: 18-minute walk away at Sarayburnu Station.


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Opening Hours

Summer Season: Hagia Sophia History Museum can be visited every day (Sunday closed) between 8:00 and 22:00.


Winter Season: Hagia Sophia History Museum can be visited every day except Sunday between 09:00 and 17:00.


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* Everyday open from 09:00 am - 07: pm (Sunday closed)

* Working hours may change on special occasions.


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