Ethnography Museum
Ethnography Museum
3.5
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A collection of folkloric artifacts, including a fine collection of Bergama and Gordes carpets, traditional costumes and camel bridles can be found in this history museum.
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OhioMomof3
Ohio272 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
There are only so many places with "old rocks" and museums full of old pottery that you can visit with children - or another person who isn't an antiquities fan - before they start rebelling. That's why I was very excited to visit this museum.

The museum has rooms recreating the first pharmacy in Izmir, showing how glassblowers made evil eyes, and rooms of a house depicting a married couple and their son as he grows among other things. We also got some pictures and explanation of camel wrestling. (Yes, camel wrestling! Which is camel vs camel and not camel vs man as I first thought when I heard about it)

This is not the best ethnography museums we've visited, but it was one of the best places we visited while in Izmir. The adults, as well as the children, thought it was much more interesting than the Archaeological Museum next door.

If you do go, ask when buying your tickets if they have any booklets available in English. We were offered a really nice one with great explanations and pictures of some of the exhibits. Even if they only have it in Turkish, it is still worth it for the pictures, as it covers the Archaeological Museum and other historical sights in Izmir.
Written March 18, 2013
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Peregrinojim
Visalia, CA30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
One of the better museums in Turkey in my opinion. I have visited many of these museums in Ankara and Istanbul and Izmir museum is definitely worth a look also. The building has impressive architecture and the exhibits well displayed.
Written July 29, 2012
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ssNYC13
NYC43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
A decent museum, however had it not been included with the price of the Archaeology museum next door, I doubt we'd have gone in. The museum has dioramas set up of various time periods in the Izmir area - really not my style - but was very informative. Worth a visit if you find yourself in the area.
Written July 13, 2017
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Sırt Ç
İzmir, Türkiye20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
IMHO its just wasting time and seriosuly not interesting. i prefer archeological museum next to this place. coz archeology is just awsome!
Written January 12, 2013
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada4,600 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
My 12 TL ticket to the Archaeological Museum supposedly included admission to the already admission-free Ethnographic Museum.

Two floors, but only one accessible to visitors. Not another living soul in the museum besides myself. For some reason, the place made me think of a bombed-out building from WW2.

So points of interest?

Well, the exterior of the building is interesting. Looks like a castle front from an old Disney flick.

As to the interior, ... interesting spiral staircase. And, of course, the sign saying ‘Ükretsiz’ (free).

Only the second floor was accessible to visitors. Its exhibits are poorly lit and, except for a few Turkish wall hangings, are all behind glass. The entire spatial configuration of exhibits is very poor.

Overall - a complete waste of time. (I should have remembered what a colossal waste of time it was 6 years ago, as well, when I last visited it.)
Written May 24, 2019
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Elena-Cristina T
Ploiesti, Romania58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
The museum is small. There is no guide to help you. When buying a ticket, you just receive a flyer and that's it. I was there is a rainny day and all around the main room were buckets, because it was raining inside the museum.
Written June 15, 2017
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GreekProf
Boerne, Texas76 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
Set in a wonderful old building in the Konak section of the city, the Ethnography Museum is a bit-dated but interesting glimpse at many of the features of Izmir's and Turkey's past. The displays include furniture, clothing, and practical utensils of daily life, including a number of examples of weaving and needlepoint.
Written June 18, 2016
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Kukiliku
Amherst, MA33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
I accidentally found this place. The building itself is beatiful. When I saw it, I knew it is some kind of a museum or something. And I was right. The view from this place and the building is great. However, there is not much to see inside. I didn't like the inside. But it is free.
Written November 5, 2015
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Carbo1960
Belgrade, Serbia413 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
Worth visiting if one has already come to visit Archeology museum next door (first visit Etnography museum as it closes at 5 PM, then Archeology one which closes at 7 PM). Free entrance. The building that houses the museum (former hospital) attracts more attention than the collection itself, similar to many others seen in local museums all over Turkey and presented in an old fashioned way.
Written October 11, 2015
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burgundio
Pisa, Italy129 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Business
Aegean culture is extremely rich but this is a very old style type of introducing visitors to it
Written July 14, 2012
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