The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations (Turkish: Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi) is located on the south side of Ankara Castle in the Atpazarı area in Ankara, Turkey. It consists of the old Ottoman Mahmut Paşa bazaar storage building, and the Kurşunlu Han. Because of Atatürk's desire to establish a Hittite museum, the buildings were bought upon the suggestion of Hamit Zübeyir Koşay, who was then Culture Minister, to the National Education Minister, Saffet Arıkan. After the remodelling and repairs were completed (1938–1968), the building was opened to the public as the Ankara Archaeological Museum.
Today, Kurşunlu Han, used as an administrative building, houses the work rooms, library, conference hall, laboratory and workshop. The old bazaar building houses the exhibits. Within this Ottoman building, the museum has a number of exhibits of Anatolian archeology. They start with the Paleolithic era, and continue chronologically through the Neolithic, Early Bronze, Assyrian trading colonies, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuq and Ottoman periods. There is also an extensive collection of artifacts from the excavations at Karain, Çatalhöyük, Hacılar, Canhasan, Beyce Sultan, Alacahöyük, Kültepe, Acemhöyük, Boğazköy (Gordion), Pazarlı, Altıntepe, Adilcevaz and Patnos as well as examples of several periods.
|Monday||8:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Tuesday||8:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Wednesday||8:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||8:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||8:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Saturday||8:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Sunday||8:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
Yusuf Emre MERAL | Feb 1, 2018
Winner of the best museum of Europe award in 1997. My favorite artifacts are the tablet terra cottas, like court orders and divorce documents. Also, the ring with the anchor inscription is a symbol of the museum and the city as well.
Onur Aydin | Nov 26, 2017
Anatolia is literally the cradle of the civilization and this museum is the biggest testament to that. There are artifacts dated from Paleolithic age, all the way to the Roman ages, a 40 thousand (yes thousand!) year journey to the progress of the mankind. I’ve been to tens of museums around the world and this is the single most interesting one that gives goosebumps every time I visit.
A. G. | Mar 2, 2018
Not bad, a lot of pottery. but I expected a more diverse exhibition.
Philipp Gessner | Aug 20, 2017
Did not expect such a good museum. It is small but full of interesting knowledge. Take a look if you like ancient history. Really well made.
Mohammad Ghanem | Sep 24, 2017
From the Ulus metro station, it took us about 20 mins to get there by foot. The museum is on a hill, & the 10 minute climb, while I liked it, I wouldn't recommend it for those with particular conditions, or the elderly. The museum itself is very modern. It features artefacts spanning a period starting at one million years ago. There are good English translations on most artifact tags, and there are video illustrations shown via projectors. There are two cafes, and a neat gift shop. The museum staff is also very friendly. Overall, I'd give it an 8 out of 10. If you have limited time however, I'd recommend the nearby Ankara Kalesi (The Ankara Castle) more.
Tuba EVREN | Mar 25, 2018
Small, historical building in a Ankara Castle, Ulus area. In a connected saloons, you have a chance to see variety, quality archeological materials from all Anatolia. If you came to Ankara, for a visiting important places, recommended.
J. Michael Seyfert | Apr 2, 2018
One of the best museums in the world, the pride of Turkey. Here you will find many original artifacts you missed if you were roaming Turkeys premiere archeological sites like Hattusa and Alacahöyük. If you love to challenge your wishful thinking, get there on a weekday 2 hrs before closing and chances are you'll have many enjoyable moments without the decibels and jostle of a savage tour-rorist group.
Mustafa Şinasi Erol | Mar 8, 2018
A "hard to share experience", you should see it, you should smell it. A lot of pieces from all over Anatolia from different ages. Spare at least a day for this place. You'll see it deserves even more.
Clairex Chen | Apr 1, 2018
It was quite a disaster when the museum was fulled of hundred of kids screaming and chasing each other. Try to avoid weekend so you won’t meet many school and family trip. Otherwise the museum is just superb for history lovers.
泡水的吐司 | Apr 26, 2018
I got no picture of it But I had to say Turkish's and the country will be stronger than any other country in the world Why?? Cause the know how to respect their country and their flag
David Lin | Jun 3, 2018
Amazing place. All those read in the textbooks are vividly seen in this incredible museum. It’s on the hill so suggest that taking a taxi which does not cost much in Turkey. After visiting the museum, just walk up the hill for 5 mins is the castle. From there you have wonderful view of the whole Ankara area. There are many small stores near the castle that sell souvenirs at reasonable prices. The blue eyes and some handmade textures are good as gifts.
Tanis Abuda | May 30, 2018
The most amazing museum I have ever been to. I could easily have spent much longer than my tour allowed. I would love to come back one day and see more. The sculptures of the first godess worshipped were amazing to see firsthand.
Troy W | Jun 3, 2018
Nice museum worth a visit. A lot of history there. The only problems were that the lighting was sometimes bad - so it's hard to read the signs and the audio guide was not in order so you had to jump around a bit. Also, it was the best Museum in Europe in 1997... Maybe they should stop advertising that soon :D
Muhammet Abdullah | Jun 2, 2018
A magnificent museum displaying the great civilizations of Anatolia with periods going back into history as far as the neolithic, paleolithic eras and displaying the civilizations of Phygyia, Frigya, Hitit, and as recently in time as that of Ankara's. Other divisions displaying the Islamic and roman civilizations are equally on display. The museum has more than enough for every explorer and i am quite sure a day need to be spent here to fully benefit from the magnificent history at display.
Cornelius Tacitus | May 19, 2018
Good place to learn Anatolian history. A lot of artifacts. Good location near the Citadel.
Argun Konuk | Jul 1, 2018
Such a unique exhibition and modern museum. The collection is marvelous. The information in English is written very properly. I recommend everyone to get a museum card instead of a single pass. They cost the same (20 liras). The issuing time of the card is less than 5 minutes. It can give you unlimited access to all the museums under the management of the Ministry of Tourism in Turkey for a year.
Aktan Acar | Jun 29, 2018
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is one of the greatest in the world. Anatolia is the birthplace of many great civilizations and culture. The collection is amazing. The exhibition is informative. Save at least half a day to see and read. Building itself is a good example of reuse as well.
Ali Kutay Sizgen | Aug 19, 2018
Ankara'daki en güzel müzelerden biri. Özellikle Frigya tarihi açısından çok önemli. Çok fazla sıra olmuyor girişte. Güzel dizayn edilmiş bir yapısı var. Müzekart ile ücretsiz giriş yapabilirsiniz. Eğer kartınız yoksa girişte satılıyor.
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