The best places to visit in Antalya in summer and winter are the museums. Located in the center of Antalya, the Antalya archeology museum houses many historical artifacts. If you want to visit the museums on your Antalya trip, you can check out other content on our website.
Antalya Archeology Museum
Antalya archeology museum is a museum that attracts the appreciation of many tourists in Antalya. The museum was founded in 1922 by Suleyman Fikri Erten to protect the historical artifacts in the city from the looting of the occupation forces that came to the city as a result of the first world war.
The museum, which was located in the Alaaddin mosque and the Yivli minaret mosque, respectively, when it was founded , was moved to its current building in 1972. The museum has an area of thirty thousand square meters and 14 separate exhibition halls. In addition to 14 exhibition halls, the museum also has open-air galleries and a garden section.
The museum has the distinction of being both an archeology and history and a regional museum. The majority of the works exhibited in the museum are obtained as a result of archaeological excavations in the region. Antalya Museum, which exhibits many important historical finds, was awarded the European Council Museum of the Year award in 1988.
Antalya Museum is considered one of the most important museums in the world.
Antalya Archeology Museum Halls
Children’s Section in the Museum: The children’s section is a section specially designed for children. With the drawing of different characters, information is given about the settlements that are important for Anatolia and the settlements in Antalya (such as the ancient city of Myra, Aspendos and Perge).
Natural history hall: In this hall, there are the first finds of human history and fossils belonging to various materials. The items, figurines, and pithos tomb, which is the oldest burial tradition of Anatolia, are exhibited in this section.
Ceramic works hall: This hall is the section where the development of terracotta items from the Geometric Period to the Byzantine Period is exhibited in a chronological order.
Regional excavations hall: In this hall, the artifacts obtained as a result of the archaeological excavations carried out by the universities and the finds obtained as a result of the salvage excavations in the ruins in the Pisidia, Pamphylia, and Lycia Regions are exhibited.
Emperors hall: In this section, there are the black and white belly dancer statue, which has become the symbol of the museum, and the statues of emperors and empresses dating to the 2nd century AD in the ancient city of Perge.
Hall of Gods: In this hall, statues of gods such as Apollo and Aphrodite mentioned in Greek Mythology are exhibited. All of these statues are dated to the 2nd century AD and were found as a result of archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Perge.
Perge west street F-5 fountain hall: In this hall, there are the statue of Aphrodite unearthed in front of the Hellenistic Period Towers, and 13 statues of gods such as Nemesis, Tykhe and Helios removed from the F5 Nymphaeum pool. A statue of Athena is also exhibited.
Mosaic hall: This hall takes its name from the mosaics in the middle of the Roman Period. On the border around the mosaic in the middle, the famous mathematicians, philosophers, poets, writers, orators and statesmen of the period are exhibited.
In addition to these, works consisting of 12 sculptures found as a result of archaeological excavations in Perge in 2015 are exhibited since 2016.
Perge theater hall: As a result of archaeological excavations at the Perge Theatre, some architectural pieces of friezes found in the stage building, which was heavily damaged after the earthquake, and seventeen monumental sculptures belonging to the Periods of Hadrian, Severus and Antonin are exhibited.
Sarcophagus hall: As the name suggests, various sarcophagi are exhibited in the hall. Most of these sarcophagi were obtained as a result of archaeological excavations in the Ancient City of Perge.
Coin minor artifacts hall: Pisidia, Pamphylia, and Lycia Region coins, Principalities Period, Anatolian Seljuk State and Ottoman Empire coins are exhibited in the hall. In the other part of the hall, there are underwater finds, some jewelry, the Korydalla group of finds and various finds.
Antalya Museum Visiting Hours
The museum, which is open every day, is open to visitors between 08.30 and 17.30.