If you’re Turkish, then you should know that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism offers the fantastic Museum Pass and Müzekart to visit historic sites and museums in Istanbul and across the country…
…And if you have foreign friends living in Turkey or visitors coming for a short visit, here’s some advice you can give to them so they can visit as many sites as possible for a great price!
Here’s a post to help your foreign friends and visitors get the cards!
First, a bit of language for you:
cardholder… kart sahibi
to wait in queue… kuyrukta beklemek
to allow access… izin vermek
upgrading… yenilenme, tamir
to reside… oturmak
So… easy to obtain and even easier to use,The Müzekart and Museum Pass Istanbul are perfect for visitors and foreign residents in Istanbul to access many of the city’s historic sites and museums.
The cardholder does not have to wait in queue, possibly one of the greatest motivations to buy one in a city that attracts more and more visitors each year!
For short-term visitors and tourists.
The Museum Pass allows you access to a large number of Istanbul sites, for 72 hours after the first time the card is used. The card costs 72 Turkish lira.
You can use the card for one visit to each site only.
Currently you can gain access to the following sites:
Chora Museum, Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Istanbul Mosaic Museum, Galata Mevlevi House Museum, Yıldız Palace Museum, Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam.
Note: The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts is also on the list, however the site is closed for upgrading until the end of 2013.
There are also a number of other places where the card can be used for a discount, such as the Archeological Museum Cafe.
Müzekart and Müzekart+
For your foreign friends who live in Turkey.
The Müzekart allows you access to a large number of sites across the entire country, for a period of one year. You can visit each site only once.The card costs 30 Turkish lira.
However, the best value of all is the Müzekart+. It allows entry to the same sites as the Müzekart, but it allows for unlimited entries during the card’s validity! It’s the logical choice for anyone living in Istanbul, as for 50 lira you have unlimited access for 12 months to the best sites in the country!
First, which card is available to me, the Museum Pass or Müzekart?
The Müzekart is available only to Turkish citizens, or non-Turkjsh citizens holding a Foreign Resident Permit.
The Museum Pass Istanbul can be purchased by anyone.
What do I need to get the card?
For the Museum Pass:
Passport with valid Turkish tourist visa
Credit card or cash
For the Müzekart and Müzekart+ (for non-Turkish residents)
Foreign Resident Permit
Foreign Resident Number (this is not your Tax Number. The Foreign Resident Number is a number starting with ‘9’ and contains 11 digits. If you do not have it, you can get it easily here.. The İkamet Tezkere number is on page 1 of the permit. It is not the Seri number at the bottom of the same page!)
Credit card or cash.
You do not need a photo.
Where do I get the card?
Currently, you can get the card from the following sites in Istanbul:
Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sophia, Chora Museum, Istanbul Archeological Museums and the Istanbul Mosaic Museum.
That’s it. The card is prepared in a few minutes and you can use it immediately.
Our tip. Grab the card from the Mosaic Museum. Few people visit it and it’s only a 5-minute walk from the extremely busy Aya Sofia! The staff who helped us that day were also smiling and cheerful and spoke enough English to assist foreign visitors.