The Antalya Museum, or Antalya Archaeology Museum, is the most important and renouned museum in the city.
The Antalya Museum is one of the largest archaeology museums in Turkey and is very special as it holds the traces three of the largest ancient regions: Lycia, Pamphylia, and Pisidia.
In this article, you will find all the information you need to know before visiting this museum, including what to see, collections, history, how to get there, and tips about tickets and tours.
What Can I Do at the Antalya Archaeology Museum?
The Antalya Museum has 2 floors and 14 exhibition halls displayed over 30,000 square meters. The sculptures and other artifacts are exhibited both indoors and in open air galleries. The exposition of the museum is organized chronologically and thematically. The space is modern and spacious.
Tip: A visit to see the entire museum will take a minimum of two hours. There is a small cafe and a gift shop at the museum's exit.
Sections of the Museum
Here are the detailed highlights of the museum that you shouldn't miss during your visit.
Entrance, Tickets, and Tours
The museum is located in the center of the city and has a parking lot.
How to Get to the Antalya Archaeology Museum
You can reach the Antalya Archaeology Museum, located on Konyaaltı Street, after a 15-20 minute walk from Kaleiçi, along Cumhuriyet Boulevard.
You can also get there with the tramway or bus:
- Tramway: The tramway runs every half an hour from the city center. "Müze" is the closest station to the Antalya Archaeology Museum.
- Bus: Bus numbers 600, CV14, KC06, LF09, MC58, MC68, and MZ78 can be used to get to the museum.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Yes, Museum Card is valid for the Antalya Archeology Museum.
Tramway: The tramway runs every half an hour from the city center.
Bus: Bus number 600, CV14, KC06, LF09, MC58, MC68, and MZ78 can be used to get to the museum.
The Antalya Archaeology Museum is located in the Konyaaltı district of Antalya.
The History of the Antalya Archaeology Museum
The Antalya Museum was founded by Süleyman Fikri ERTEN in 1922. The museum operated in the Alaaddin Mosque in Kaleiçi for a while and then in the Yivli Minaret Complex after 1937.
It was finally moved to its current building in 1972. After this, its collection expanded with excavations in the surrounding area. The museum was closed to visitors for a wide range of modifications and restorations in 1982.
It was reorganized according to modern museum concepts and opened to the public in April 1985, after the restoration and display arrangements made by the General Directorate of Ancient Objects and Museums.
The Antalya Museum received the "European Council Special Award" in 1988.
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