Visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum: Tickets, History, and Tips

Last Updated by Ezgi on August 5, 2021
Antalya Archaeological Museum in Antalya in Turkey

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.

Three Graces Statue in Antalya Archeological Museum (Editorial)

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.

  • Prehistoric Hall: This section is organized to exhibit objects found in settlements like Karain Cave, Okuzin, and Semahoyuk.  These all come from the period of human history before the discovery of writing. The fossils found around these settlement give you idea about what kind of animal species lived during the Prehistoric Ages.
  • Coins, Small Artifacts and Icons Hall: Coins from the Pamphylia, Pisidia, and Lycia regions, as well as Elmalı Coins, Turkic Beyliks, Anatolian Seljuk, and Ottoman coins are exhibited.
  • Children's room: This hall is especially for children, where they can see toys from antiquity.
  • Statues of Greek Gods and Goddesses: In this hall, you will see about 20 sculptures of gods and goddesses mentioned in Greek mythology. They were brought from ancient cities around Antalya.
  • Roman Imperial Statues: This is a spectacular hall with priceless statues of emperors, empresses, and other prominent political figures from Roman times found in the ancient city of Perge. The statue of dancing women and Emperor Hadrianus is one of the most famous ones.
  • Regional Excavations Hall: Numerous rescue excavations and archaeological landscaping works in the region are carried out by the Antalya Museum. In this section, artifacts from archaeological excavations in ancient sites around the Lycia, Pamphylia and Pisidia regions are displayed.
  • Mosaics Hall: You should not miss the famous artifact called "mosaic of the philosophers" in this section.
  • Theater of Perge: Exhibits monumental sculptural pieces from the ancient theater of Perge. Here, the reliefs of the friezes really stand out. One of the findings from Perge is the sumptuous statue of Marsyas that is standing in the middle of the hall.
  • Hall of Sarcophagi: Most of the sarcophagi exhibited in this hall were found in the excavation of the Perge necropolis. 
Antalya Archeological Museum in Turkey (Editorial)

Entrance, Tickets, and Tours

The museum is located in the center of the city and has a parking lot.

  • Entrance: The museum can be visited everyday, from April to October between 08:30 -18:45 and from October to April between 08:30 to 17:30.
  • Tickets: Entrance Fee is 45 TL per person in 2021. If you have a Museum Card, you can visit this museum free of charge
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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.
Museum of Antiquities of Antalya in Turkey (Editorial)

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is the Museum Card valid for the Antalya Archaeology Museum?

Yes, Museum Card is valid for the Antalya Archeology Museum.

How can I get to the Antalya Archaeology 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.

Where is the Antalya Archaeology Museum?

The Antalya Archaeology Museum is located in the Konyaaltı district of Antalya.

How much is the ticket to the Antalya Archaeology Museum?

Entrance Fee is 45 TL per person in 2021. If you have a Museum Card, you can visit this museum free of charge

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.

Check out more museums in Antalya here.

Contact

  • Address: Bahçelievler, Konyaaltı Cd. No:88, 07050 Muratpaşa/Antalya
  • Opening Hours: Summer: 08:30 - 18:45, Winter: 08:30 - 17:30
  • Public Transport: Tramway, Bus and Minibuses to Konyaaltı Bus: 600, CV14, KC06, LF09, MC58, MC68 and MZ78
  • Website: https://muze.gov.tr/muze antalya

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