Museums in Turkey

Museums in Turkey

Find out the not only famous and best museums of Turkey, but also the hidden gems that you may never have never heard of.

Turkey, like most other countries, takes pride in its museums. Anatolia has a very rich history and contains artifacts of many civilizations starting from prehistoric times, so most of the Turkish cities have their own museums showcasing this history.

How Many Museums Are There in Turkey?

According to the Turkish museums webpage which is provided by the Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Culture and Tourism, there are more than 200 museums in Turkey.

Famous Museums in Turkey

Some museums get more attractions than others in Turkey. Especially the museums in Istanbul, such as Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Museum, Chora Church Museum and The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts together getting millions of visitors each year. The reason these museums are so popular in Istanbul is because of the variety of exhibits in these museums. They each offer different experiences to the visitors with different expectations and contribute to Istanbul’s arts scene in a different way. In order to visit these museums and the other popular museums of Istanbul without waiting in long queues, visitors are recommended to get an Istanbul Museum Pass Card.

Unusual Museums in Turkey

In the other cities of Turkey, museums are still a huge part of the cities’ attractions. Cappadocia offers some of the most fascinating and interesting museums in the world. One of these museums, Chez Galip Hair Museum, is included in Guinness World Records Book with about 16,000 samples of hair from visitors hanging on the walls. Another unusual museum in Turkey is Museum of Innonce which is a museum that is based on a novel written by Orhan Pamuk who won the 2006 Nobel Prize in literature. Miniaturk on the other hand is one of the world's largest miniature parks with its model area which contains structures from in and around Turkey. Istanbul Toy Museum which was founded by the Turkish poet and novelist Sunay Akın, has on display 4,000 toys and miniatures from Turkey and abroad where some of them date back to 1800s. Finally, Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum in Edirne is a hospital museum where many patients with mental illness were treated with the sound of the water and music until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

List of Museums in Turkey

With thousands of years of culture and artifacts spanning the rise and fall of numerous major civilizations, the collection of knowledge and artwork on display in the museums of Turkey is sure to delight any visitor from around the world, and here is the list of museums in Turkey.

# Name City
1. Hagia Sophia Museum Istanbul
2. Topkapı Palace Istanbul
3. Dolmabahçe Palace Istanbul
4. Göreme Open Air Museum Nevşehir
5. Chora Church Istanbul
6. İstanbul Archaeology Museums Istanbul
7. Anıtkabir Ankara
8. Mevlana Museum Konya
9. Antalya Museum Antalya
10. Zonguldak Mining Museum Zonguldak
11. Zeugma Mosaic Museum Gaziantep
12. Museum of Anatolian Civilizations Ankara
13. İstanbul Modern Istanbul
14. Miniaturk Istanbul
15. Rahmi M. Koç Museum Istanbul
16. Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology Muğla
17. Side Museum Antalya
18. Rahmi M. Koç Museum Ankara Ankara
19. Eskişehir Wax Museum Eskişehir
20. Ephesus Archaeological Museum İzmir
21. Hatay Archaeology Museum Hatay
22. Marmaris Museum Muğla
23. Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Istanbul
24. Great Palace Mosaic Museum Istanbul
25. The Museum of Innocence Istanbul
26. Sakıp Sabancı Museum Istanbul
27. Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum Trabzon
28. Zelve Open Air Museum Nevşehir
29. St. Nicholas Church Antalya
30. Agora Open Air Museum İzmir
31. Panorama 1453 Istanbul
32. Beylerbeyi Palace Istanbul
33. Sultan Bayezid II Health Museum Edirne

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Özge Erdem

Özge’s career goals changed big time during the third year of her major, when she realized she had no wish to be a chemical engineer. After traveling Asia and doing various nomadic jobs, she settled back in Turkey to start her dream job of building websites and copy-writing with her high school friend.

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