Historical Archaeological Museum of Antalya (Muze) is the second largest and one of the best museums in Turkey which has an interesting history of establishment and outstanding exhibits.
The museum of Antalya is situated at the beginning of Konyaalti Cd. street. It is easy to find the building by two enormous flags which are seen from the Konyaalti beach. Antalya museum includes 13 halls and one open gallery in the street which contains several huge objects such as columns or statues. The museum covers 7 000 square meters.
The history of creation of this museum is connected with the name of the famous professor Suleyman Fikri Bej who was the mentor of the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The professor stopped the import of precious objects to Italy in 1919 as Antalya was occupied by Italian troops. All the treasures collected by Italian archeologists remained in Antalya and were transported to a mosque in Kaleici. Later the museum was established there in 1922.
The most outstanding halls are dedicated to ancient gods (the statues of Athena, Hermes, Apollo and Hercules), Roman emperors (the statues of Adrian, August and Trajan) and ceremonial deposition. By the way, the majority of the statues was discovered in an antique town Perge.
The museum is very cozy, there are many sofas to have rest. It is allowed to take photos without flash.
The ticket costs 20 TL, the electronic guide is 10 TL, entrance for children under 12 is free.
The virtual tour around the museum can be seen here.
Location of the museum.
Text: Jevgeniy Nazarenko