Antalya Archaeological Museum

By Admin | Last Updated November 28, 2019

The Antalya Archaeological Museum is one of the best and largest museums in Turkey. It showcases art that sheds light on the history of the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions of Anatolia. It comprises of 13 exhibition halls and an outdoor gallery. About 5000 pieces of artwork are exhibited in this 7000 square meter venue.

Around the end of World War I Antalya was under the occupation of Italy. Italian archeologists began removing artifacts they found here in the name of ‘civilization’. One of the Sultan’s advisors at the time Suleiman Fikri Bey applied as Provincial Governor to Antalya. It was he who established this museum as a place to house whatever artifacts remained. This happened in 1919 and the museum was located in the Alaeddin Mosque. The museum shifted to the present building in 1972.

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The Antalya Archaeological Museum was awarded the European Council Special Prize in 1988.

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Quick Facts-Antalya Archaeological Museum

Location Konyaalti
How to Reach Take the westward bound Nostalji tram and get off at the last stop. Bus No.LC07 stops just outside.
Fees 20 Turkish Lira
Opening Times April to October : 9:00 am – 6:30 pm / November to March : 8.00 am – 5.00 pm. Except Monday.
Main Attractions Mosaics, Ceramics, Statue of Three Graces

The 13 Halls in the Museum

  • Natural History Hall – Mainly to do with fossils and geological charts of the animals of the Antalya region. Shells of giant snails and fossils of mollusks like squids etc. can be observed here.
  • Pre-history Hall – Exhibits from the Stone Age, Copper Age and Bronze Age are presented in this section. Karain Cave in the region was a source for many of the bone and stone tools on display here.
  • Proto History Hall – The displays in this section have come from excavation sites in Hacilar and Semahoyuk.
  • Classical Period Hall – The earthenware bowls, wine containers and vessels in this section date back from the Mycenaean Period to the Hellenistic times. The Statue of Apollo is a popular attraction.
  • Statuary Hall – Works from the Roman period of 2nd and 3rd century AD are displayed here. A lot of the statues depict Roman Gods like Zeus, Aphrodite, Minerva, Artemis and more.
  • Hall of Imperial Statues – Statues of kings, queens and important people from the Roman times have been collected and showcased here.
  • Sarcophagus Hall – The Domitias Sarcophagus showing the 12 Labors of Hercules is one of the most famous exhibits in the museum.

The Museum has artifacts from the Old Stone Age, right through ancient Greek and Roman eras to the Ottoman era.

  • Mosaic Hall – Most of the mosaics here are from the Byzantine period of Antalya’s history.
  • Hall of Church Artifacts – Christian religious relics depicting Jesus, Saint Nicholas and others are displayed in this section.
  • Hall of Small Objects – Here you can see incense holders, lamps, lintel figures, trays of gold and silver, etc. from Roman and Byzantine times.
  • Hall of Coins – City and imperial coins from the Hellenistic to the Ottoman periods have been kept here. Gold, silver, copper, bronze and alloy coins can be seen.
  • Islamic Period Hall – This section has artifacts from Seljuk and Ottoman times – lamps, tiles, carpets, inscriptions, books, dervish material and more.
  • Ethnographic Hall – A part of this room has been done up exactly like a traditional Anatolian household. The section also includes weapons, clothes and metal objects.