First serious archaeological excavations and studies started in 1930's, than one of its buildings was partly opened in 1953. Today, the ruins of the Great Palace is home for the Mosaics museum in Istanbul holding many floor mosaics from the Byzantine period. These mosaics consist one of the best examples of its kind since the Roman period, describing mythological motifs, animals, hunting scenes, games, people, etc.
Open daily between 09:00-16:30 except Monday.
Büyük Saray (Great Palace) Mozaikleri Müzesi
Arasta Çarsisi - Sultanahmet
Tel: (212) 518 12 05
Admission: 30 TL
Please note that admission fees, opening times or days of closure of the museums might be changed without prior notice, or that museum might be closed for restorations. To be certain on the closure days or opening times, you can call that museum directly (country code for Turkey is +90) or contact me to double check. Most of the museums have longer opening hours during summer months.