6 Most Interesting Museums in Turkey

Museums play one of the most important roles in promoting a country, city or culture. For example, you can get information from a museum that you can get by reading thousands of pages of books. Of course, this is not always the case. Books about the history of a country or city may not interest us and we may get bored while reading them. But getting the information we will get from that book from the museum will be both more fun and more memorable.

Turkey is home to many fantastic museums as well as historical and cultural museums. In this content, we will evaluate 6 interesting and must-visit museums in Turkey under short headings.

1. Istanbul Archaeology Museum

Istanbul Archaeology Museum

Housing more than 1 million artifacts, this museum is located in Fatih, one of the busiest districts of Istanbul. Artifacts from North Africa, the Balkans, Anatolia, the Arabian Peninsula and Mesopotamia are on display. This building is the first building built as a museum in Turkey. Its opening date is 1869.

Address: Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul

2. Rahmi M. Koç Museum

Rahmi M. Koç Museum

Rahmi M. Koç Museum, which has a different concept from the usual museums, is also located in Istanbul. Located on the seaside in Beyoğlu, this museum includes classic cars, toys, aviation and maritime collections, scientific instruments. In addition to these, there are also artifacts with illusion concept. If you are coming to Istanbul, we definitely recommend you to visit this museum. The opening date is 1994.

Address: Piri Paşa, Hasköy Cd. No:5, 34445 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

3. Hatay Museum Hotel

Hatay Museum Hotel

This museum exhibits mosaics from Antakya, one of the oldest cities in history. It is located in a building designed as a museum on the ground floor and a hotel on the upper floors due to the artifacts unearthed during the construction of a hotel. There are important artifacts such as the largest one-piece mosaic in the world and the statue of Eros. The museum survived the February 6, 2023 earthquake without any damage and we recommend it for our guests going to Hatay.

Address: Haraparası, St. Pierre Mevkii, Hacılar Sk. No: 26/1, 31060 Antakya/Hatay

4. Pera Museum

Pera Museum

Built in 1893, this museum is located in Beyoğlu. Osman Hamdi Bey’s Tortoise Trainer, Kütahya tiles, portrait paintings are some of the works exhibited in this museum.

Address: Asmalı Mescit, Meşrutiyet Cd. No:65, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

5. Pelit Chocolate Museum

Pelit Chocolate Museum

If you go to this museum, everything you will see will be chocolate. Isn’t that interesting? Tombs, portraits, statues, buildings, everything is chocolate. I think that’s enough to pique your interest. And don’t forget to eat chocolate from the chocolate waterfall. You should definitely visit the Pelit Chocolate Museum.

Address: Koza Mahallesi 1678 Sk. No:19 (Sanayi Mahallesi Evren Sanayi Sitesi Akbatı A.V.M. Arkası) Esenyurt-İSTANBUL

6. Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum

Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum

It is one of the most important underground museums in the world and is on UNESCO’s list of Cultural Heritage in Need of Protection. In 1995, it received the European Museum of the Year award. This museum, which has the richest amphora collection in the world, has 14 exhibition halls.

Address: Çarşı Mh., 48400 Bodrum/Muğla

Enes Sahin

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