Museums

The unequaled works of art and remains belonging to the many civilizations and societies that left their mark in Turkey are preserved across the centuries to welcome today’s visitors. Shedding light into history, far and recent, this legacy is well-preserved under the most suitable conditions. Museum Card provides even easier access into these interesting museums and historic sites across the country.

If you are curious about the story of man during thousands of years, be prepared for a fascinating journey in time in a grand-scale open air museum.

Asclepeion Ancient City in Pergamon An ancient medical center, the Asclepeion in Izmir province, is built nearby the springs that are believed to be curative. Treatment is a priority in the designs of the buildings and the success of the doctors earned the center a good name during the Roman era. Employing a variety of techniques from dream interpretations to treatment with cold, hot and mud baths and sunbathing therapy, Asclepeion was the most advanced medical center of its time.

Hatay Antakya Archeology Museum Archaeological excavations were started for the first time in 1932 in Antakya (Antioch) and through those excavations, various cultural and historical documents of a wide range of period from 4th thousand BC until today have been collected. Because of the great variety and number of works found in the first years of the studies, the establishment of a museum in Antakya was decided upon the request of M. Prost, Antiquities Inspector, working in Hatay (Antakya), which was under the French domination. The plan prepared in compliance with the modern museum understanding was applied in 1934. In the museum, whose construction was completed in 1939, works found in three different scientific excavations are exhibited.

In 1939, when Hatay was integrated to the motherland, Turkey, the museum building was completed and the works discovered in the excavations were stored in there. The museum was opened to the public on July 23rd 1948, the day of independence of Hatay. Alongside its numerous items on display, the museum's rich mosaic collection draws much attention. The additional building was completed at the end of 1973 and opened to service after the considerable renovation. This way, the number of exhibition halls has been increased from five to eight. Since then, the facilities exhibiting the unique Hittite and Assyrian artifacts and relics have acquired contemporary value.

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations Located in the capital of Turkey, Ankara, the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations was awarded the European Museum of the Year in 1997. Consisting of unique artifacts belonging to the civilizations of Anatolia, the collection is one of its kind in the world.

Aphrodisias Historic Site The site in the city of Aydin is known to be the place where the first temple dedicated to Aphrodite was built. One of the most important archeological sites of Turkey, the excavations at the historical site of Aphrodisias have started decades earlier and still continue today.

Many well-preserved ancient structures such as the temple of Aphrodite, tetrapylon (the monumental gateway), and the stadium can be seen at this beautiful Aegean location.

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