Turkey Museum Pass: Full Museum List and Where to Buy

If you’re planning on visiting museums and archeological sites on your trip to Turkey, you’ll want to check out the Turkey Museum Pass.  It is a multiple-entry pass for tourists to museums run by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. You’ll have options to purchase a pass for all of Turkey, Istanbul, Cappadocia, the Mediterranean regions, and the Aegean region. 

Next, let’s look at what the pass is and how it works.

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Turkey Museum Pass

What is the Turkey Museum Pass?

Purchasing the Museum Pass in Turkey will get you access to over 300 museums and archeological sites run by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism all over the country within a 15-day period. Your 15 days start the first time you use your pass for entry into the museum.

It is a great way to save money on museum entry fees if you plan on visiting multiple museums during your trip.  Also, not every museum is run by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, so be sure to check the website or Museums of Turkey app for the most current lists. The pass does not include national parks in Turkey, such as Noah’s Ark National Park. 

There are several regional cards available if you don’t want to buy the pass for all of Turkey.

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How to Buy the Turkey Museum Pass

You have several options to purchase the Museum Pass for a specific region or all of Turkey for your trip.

Note: Please check the Museum Pass website for the most updated pricing. 

**Note: The purchase and delivery of the museum pass to your hotel for cash payment has been suspended as of March 24, 2022. We recommend purchasing your pass on-site.

Next, we’ll look at the different regional cards, the cost, and the list of sites each region includes.

Museums of Turkey App

We highly recommend downloading the Museums of Turkey app as it is one of our favorite Turkey travel apps. You can purchase your Museum Pass from the app. Then at each site you visit, all you must do is scan the QR code in the app to enter the sites. The app makes the whole process super simple.

Also, the app will show you sites that are close to your location, and give you an overview of the sites the hours, and the cost to get in. This is my favorite feature of the Museum app. The Museums of Turkey app is a gold mine of information for your travels in Turkey.

If you decide not to buy a Museum Pass, you can purchase an entrance ticket to individual sites from the app. You’ll need to create an account and then you can make any purchases you need.

**Note: The purchase and delivery of the museum pass to your hotel for cash payment has been suspended as of March 24, 2022. We recommend purchasing your pass on-site.

Next, we’ll look at the different regional cards, the cost, and the list of sites each region includes.

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Regional Museum Passes

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Museums Pass Istanbul

Cost: See Museum Pass Website

You can use the Museum Pass in Istanbul in 13 museums and archaeological sites over 5 days for 360tl. Your 5 days start the first time you use the pass for entry. The most popular sites included in the Museum Pass Istanbul are:

  • Galata Tower Museum
  • Galata Mevlevihouse
  • Istanbul Archaeological Museums
  • Topkapi Palace Museum
  • Topkapi Palace Museum Harem Apartments

***Update: As of 05/01/2022 – The new price for the Istanbul Museum Pass is 550tl. Check the Museum Pass website or app for the most updated pricing. 

Cappadocia museum pass

Museums Pass Cappadocia

Cost: See Museum Pass Website

By purchasing the Cappadocia Museum Pass, you can enter 13 museums run by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism over 3 days for 230tl. The top Cappadocia museums included with the card are:

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Museums Pass Mediterranean

Cost: See Museum Pass Website

By purchasing the Mediterranean Museum Pass you have access to over 40 museums and archaeological sites in a 7-day period in the Mediterranean region run by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The cost for the card is 360tl. The most popular sites in the Mediterranean region are:

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Museums Pass Aegean Region

Cost: See Museum Pass Website

With the Aegean Museum pass, you can visit over 40 museums and archaeological sites in the Aegean region over a 7-day period for 360tl. There are so many sites that you can pull off the road and go explore in the Aegean. The most popular Aegean sites you can see with the Aegean Museum Pass are:

Save Money with the Museum Pass

Depending on the regions in Turkey you are traveling to and the number of sites you want to visit, the Museum Pass can save you money. For the larger sites, you typically pay 60tl per adult for entrance fees into the museums and archaeological sites.  If you have many of the sites on your Turkey itinerary, this can help reduce the cost of your entrance fees. Also, at most of the larger sites, if you show your Museum Pass, you can get discounts on merchandise and any additional activities at the site.

For kids, there are discounted rates for kids 7 – 12 years old when you go to a museum in Turkey. Ultimately, a pass may not be necessary for children traveling with you on your trip because their entrance fees are already reduced. At most sites, kids 6 and under are free.

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Museum Pass vs. Muze Kart

Both cards serve the same purpose in gaining access to museums and archaeological sites in Turkey, but they are for different people. The Museum Pass is for foreigners and tourists visiting Turkey. It is only good for a period of days depending on which card you buy. If you are a Turkish citizen or resident, you’ll qualify for the Muze Kart which has a discounted rate and is good for an entire year for all sites in Turkey. You will need to show your ikamet to get the Muze Kart.

Museum Pass FAQs

According to the Museums of Turkey app, the top 10 museums in Turkey are:

  • Istanbul Archaeological Museums
  • Hierapolis / Pamukkale
  • Ephesus
  • Ihlara Valley
  • Troy
  • Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Goreme
  • Kaymakli Underground City
  • Gobeklitepe

For more bucket list experiences in Turkey, see our guide. 

The price for the Museum Pass Turkiye is 600tl for a 15-day period for any museum in Turkey run by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The 15 days start the first time you use the card to enter the site. Most of the large sites charge a 60tl entrance fee, and smaller sites can range from 12tl – 30tl entrance fee.  

*Please check the Museum Pass website for pricing, as it has fluctuated due to inflation in Turkey. 

Yes, you can buy the Istanbul Museum Pass for 360tl to access 13 museums in Istanbul over a 5-day period. If you’re only visiting Istanbul, this a great option for a multi-entry pass to museums and archaeological sites. Your 5 days start the first time you use the pass to enter a site.

*Please check the Museum Pass website for pricing, as it fluctuates throughout the year. 

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16 Comments

  1. It looks like the Turkey Museum Pass can really save you a lot of money. I will definitely remember this for my visit!

  2. The museum pass is such a great idea. Every country should have this. The app is also a great idea and would save so much time. I also like how it has info on things around the museum as well.

  3. Turkey has long been on my list. This article was super helpful, as I always weigh the cost/benefit of a museum pass. I also like that they offer an app, such a great idea and much better experience.

  4. I’m a big museum person, so the Turkey museum pass would be perfect for my next trip to Turkey!

  5. Do you know if you can purchase the cards with credit card in person? I’ve been before can’t remember! Leaving for a trip in a few days and i want to make sure i have enough cash ready. Thank you!

    1. Yes, you can pay by card or cash. We do recommend having cash on hand, as you never know what might come up with systems working correctly, etc.

  6. If I purchase the Turkey Museum Pass from the app, do I need to buy pass for each of the museums/ sites that I am visiting.
    When I am looking into the app, under Point of Sales tab, each of the site has a price mentioned and against it there is a Purchase tab available.

    1. The point of purchase button lists the locations you can purchase the Museum Card in person. If you purchase the card, you do not have to purchase individual tickets for the site. You simply show up with your Museum Pass and go straight to the entrance.

  7. Do you have a list of the museums and site included in the Turkey pass? I can’t seem to find one anywhere and now that it’s 1000TL I really want to know if it’s worth it for our trip.

    1. Hi Carissa,

      2 things:

      1. Under each regional pass in the above post, I linked to a full museum list for each region. They’re a little hidden on the Museum Pass website.
      2. If you download the Museums of Turkey app, all of the museums are there. BUT the app’s search is a little clunky.

  8. hi, As suggested in your blog I did checkout from https://muze.gen.tr/Order for ordering Turkey 15 day pass, it shows delivery at hotel with upfront cash.
    there’s a notice: Effective May 24 2022, we temporarily suspended courier delivery services until further notice due to reduced staffing and lack of capacity to handle the surge of order requests.
    So what do you suggest, is it still available at hotel.
    Appreciate you help. thanks

    1. Hi Traisik,

      THanks for reaching out. I would assume that it will not be delivered to the hotel for payment. You can purchase the pass on location when you visit your first museum site. They’ll give you a Museum Pass card you can carry with you for the duration of your trip. The 15 days will start when you first use the card to enter a site.

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