If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul. ~Alphonse de Lamartine
Istanbul Archaeological Museum
Inside the Istanbul Archaeological Museums. The site of the museums belonged to the Topkapı Palace outer gardens. The museum was founded by decree as the Imperial Museum (Ottoman Turkish: Müze-i Hümayun or Turkish: İmparatorluk Müzesi) in 1891. The first curator and founder of the museum was Osman Hamdi Bey.