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Antalya Museum (Antalya Müzesi)


The Antalya Museum or Antalya Archeological Museum (Turkish: Antalya Müzesi) is one of Turkey's largest museums, located in Konya Altı, Antalya. It includes 13 exhibition halls and an open air gallery. It covers an area of 7,000 m² and has 5000 works of art are exhibited. Additional 25 - 30,000 artifacts which those cannot be displayed are kept in a storage hall [1]. As a museum exhibiting examples of works, which illuminate the history of the Mediterranean and Pamphylia (Antalya) regions in Anatolia, Antalya Museum is considered to be one of the most important of Turkey's museums. The Antalya Archaeology Museum won the “European Council Special Prize” in 1988.


Antalya Museum


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History of the Archaeology Museum of Antalya


At the end of the First World War, during the time when Antalya was under the Italian military occupation, Italian archaeologists started to remove the archeological treasures that had been found in the the center or the surroundings to the Italian Embassy, which they claimed to do in the name of civilization. To prevent these initiatives, Süleyman Fikri Bey, the Sultan's teacher, applied to the Antalya post and jurisdiction of the provinial Governor in 1919 and had himself appointed as voluntary officer of antiquities and first tried to establish the Antalya Museum by collecting what remained in the center. The museum at first operated in the Alâeddin Mosque in 1922, then in Yivli Minare Mosque beginning from 1937, and then moved to its present building in 1972. It was closed to visitors for a wide range of modifications and restorations in 1982. It was reorganized according to a modern approach for a museum and opened to the public in April 1985, after the restorations and display arrangements made by the General Directorate of Ancient Objects and Museums. Top





Antalya Regional Museum consists of 13 exhibition rooms, 1 open-air exhibition area, laboratories, a storeroom, repair shops, a photographic room, a conference hall, administrative offices, a cafeteria and living quarters for museum officials. The exhibition rooms are as follows. Top



Natural History Hall


Shows living creatures from man down to one celled animals, charts and pictures, fossils and bones. Top


Pre-History Hall

Here are exhibited works found in Karain, Okuzini and Sehahoyuk. Karain is a cave, which has been the scene of a continuous series of civilizations. The works range from those of the Paleolithic to those of the Roman Age. Works include animal fossils and kitchen utensils. Top

Proto-History Hall


Here are exhibited works from the Neolithic, Calcolithic, and Early Bronze Age found in Hacilar. Excavations at Semahoyuk and its surroundings found most of the works. Top



Classic Period Hall


Here there are works dating from the Mycenaean Age to the Hellenistic Age, including earthenware figurines, wine bowls, and dishes. In one of the Hellenistic showcases is an important statuette of Apollo. Besides these are statuary works from the Roman period, which make up the largest section of the museum. Top



Statuary Hall


In this room are exhibited statues of mythological figures dating from the 2-3 centuries AD, Roman period. They were found in excavations at Perge. Top



Hall of Small Objects


Here are exhibited lamps and glass objects dating from the Roman and Byzantine periods, a gold inlay silver tray found by treasure hunters at Kumluca, incense holders and lamps (6th Century AD). To the front of the room are lintel figures from a tomb found opposite Lymira. Top



Hall of Imperial Statues


Here are exhibited statues portraying emperors, empresses and other personages from the Roman period. They were found in excavations at Perge. In the center of the room is a large statue of Plankia Magna, a great administrator who contributed much towards the development of Perge during that city's golden period. There are also statues of the Emperor Hadrian, and the Emperor Septimus Severius and his wife. Top



Sarcophagus Hall


Sarcophagi from the Roman period from Pamphilia and Sidemara are displayed here. The most beautiful of these are the Domitias sarcophagus, and the one showing the twelve labors of Hercules. Top


The Mosaic Hall


Here are exhibited Byzantine period mosaics found in excavations at Ksantos, and icons, from the region around Antalya. Top


Hall of Coins


Examples of gold, electron, silver, and copper coins from the Hellenistic to Ottoman periods are displayed in here. The most interesting of these are the city and imperial coins. Top


Turkish - Islamic Period Works


This room contains examples of Seljuk and Ottoman tiles, Anatolian carpets from the Ottoman period, inscriptions, books, candlesticks etc. Top



Ethnographic Hall


Here are exhibited clothes, embroidery, weapons, and metal objects from the region of Antalya. One corner of the room has been furnished as a typical Anatolian house. Top


Children's section


A hall in the entrance of the museum was organized as a Children's Museum, which is the first of its kind in Turkey. In the display windows of this section, there are various children's toys and antique moneyboxes. Simple restorations, and educational activity opportunities for ceramic sculpture and drawing are provided and their works are presented in the studio section, in order to make the children enjoy museums, antique objects and to awaken their interest. Top


External links

  • Antalya Museum of Archaeology, Museum's official website
  • Wikipedia, Archaeological Museum of Antalya



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