Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi

Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi

Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
4.5
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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This fascinating museum contains over 200,000 historic pieces of which only a fraction can be displayed at one time. Exhibits include Early Bronze Age statues and Neolithic wall paintings.
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  • Mehdi A
    Istanbul, Türkiye18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Back through the history
    I got a museum card, 60TLs, as I have a residency permit card. If you are interested in archaeology, go there; otherwise, you will see only stones. I enjoyed as I am coming from the same background. My country has some similar museums; then, I really liked the museum. It was amazing that staff were polite and helpful which I have seen in most of museums. It is located closed to the castle- old Ankara.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom10,280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic assembly of Anatolian artifacts, beautifully laid out
    We walked to the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation by a very roundabout route through a mixture of modern and run down streets - but as this was my main reason for visiting the city I was somewhat driven to get there. The Museum didn't disappoint, a fabulous collection of artifacts covering at least 5000 years of history. It was quite interesting seeing the evolution of sculpture so that by the time we got to the Roman era they almost seemed like cheap Chinese knock offs. The gold work, statues, pottery, iron work and glassware was all fantastic and we spent a couple of hours going through finds from all the various civilisations that impacted this region and by extension the whole of Western culture. The museum was well laid out and it was nice to see finds from the whole area in one place - even if some were replicas - rather than having to visit individual sites. The cuneiform writing was quite astounding and the fact they have recovered so many of the clay tablets means we actually have a good idea of the society of the time. Particularly good were the human elements like the marriage and divorce contracts that had been recovered from about 3000 years ago.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia9,615 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Among the best
    I love museums and I have visited dozens all over the world. The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, in my opinion, ranks among the best. Housed in an old Ottoman Bazaar (which certainly adds to the character), it exhibits thousands of artifacts from Paleolithic right up to Ottoman times ; all in in logical chronological order and incredibly well displayed. Everywhere you look there are exquisite, exclusive pieces ; a feast for the eyes and the mind. It's easy to spend a whole afternoon and take hundreds of photos . . .
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Atis B
    Kharagpur, India1,193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum of Anatolian civilizations in true sense.
    From outside I didn’t expect whatever I am going to see few minutes later. Outside not so impressive, rather it looks like very small. Inside it’s heaven for people like myself with little bit more interest in archaeology. I saw so many things but one thing that shocked me was the skull of king Midas. I could believe hardly myself. I also get exposed to Hittite civilization which had any experience before.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 27, 2023
  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada830 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spend a few hours here..
    As part of our Gate 1 tour, we visited this museum who is much larger than it looks from the outside. It contains over 200,000 historical pieces . It exposes you to the Hittites Anatolian civilization. They are displayed in chronological order, some artifacts are exquisite. I specifically enjoyed the display of the chariots of fire…You can Amily spend an afternoon here admiring it all and educating yourself.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient civilisations on display
    This museum concentrates on the pre-historic and early Mesopotamian civilisations with Assyrian colonies, Hittite and Phrygian being the most prominent. The pieces displayed are beautiful. There are clay cuneiform tablets, lovely animal-shaped drinking vessels, jewellery, pottery vessels and statues. To me the bronze disks and statues from the Bronze Age and the Assyrian colonies and Hittite sections which date from so long ago had artifacts amazing in their intricacy. The Phrygian section includes finds from the tomb of King Midas such as wooden furniture, pottery and jewellery and displays of the burial tomb. The museum building itself is an old bazaar with vaulted ceilings. The galleries are arranged in chronological order starting from the left hand side as you enter. The central hall has stone statues, reliefs and carvings mainly from the Neo-Hittite eras. Downstairs is a smaller section with remnants from excavations from Ankara including Roman and Greek remains. There is good signposting in Turkish and English.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2024
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Ivan T.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
If you can only visit one museum in Ankara, you should visit this museum.

Located in the heart of the old city of Ankara, this museum has a huge collection of historic artefacts from Anatolia, from pre-historic times to the medieval period. What I was particularly fascinated with - a wonderful collection of ancient gods' statues as well as a very impressive set of Hittite objects. You do not find such a variety in museums in Europe.

Definitely a must see.
Written November 21, 2020
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Chinta K
Dublin, OH114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Nadir our English speaking guide was excellent. He prepared our little group prior to reaching the museum. Took a little lesson on Turkish history from the BC’s . So the museum was east to navigate and enjoy as we had prior knowledge and could associate and link , objects , time periods etc to each exhibit . We came out with a better knowledge of Turkey .
Written May 10, 2022
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Jane E
New York City, NY587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is an outstanding museum, one of the best I have ever visited. The exhibits are fascinating and particularly well curated. This should be on everyone's "must see list" when in Turkey. I visited Ankara specifically to see this place and it was absolutely worth the trip. A circuit covers the history of Anatolia from the Paleolithic era through to the Uratians documented with amazing artifacts. Don't miss it!

My only (small) compliant is that a few items were missing leaving an empty stand with the identity card still beside it. I expect they were on loan to other museums but it would have been nice to have some explanation provided.
Written August 13, 2020
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I went here as part of a Rick Steves group tour (highly recommended!). They have a great collection of items from thousands of years ago. It is really amazing to see such intricate carving and jewelry work from thousands of years BC!
Written May 28, 2022
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
We walked to the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation by a very roundabout route through a mixture of modern and run down streets - but as this was my main reason for visiting the city I was somewhat driven to get there. The Museum didn't disappoint, a fabulous collection of artifacts covering at least 5000 years of history. It was quite interesting seeing the evolution of sculpture so that by the time we got to the Roman era they almost seemed like cheap Chinese knock offs. The gold work, statues, pottery, iron work and glassware was all fantastic and we spent a couple of hours going through finds from all the various civilisations that impacted this region and by extension the whole of Western culture.

The museum was well laid out and it was nice to see finds from the whole area in one place - even if some were replicas - rather than having to visit individual sites. The cuneiform writing was quite astounding and the fact they have recovered so many of the clay tablets means we actually have a good idea of the society of the time. Particularly good were the human elements like the marriage and divorce contracts that had been recovered from about 3000 years ago.
Written September 27, 2023
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Brian D
Denver, CO2,400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
A fantastic museum with relics from over 8,000 years ago. You'll see everything here from the past - coins, jewels, jewelry, relief paintings, sculptures, weapons and more! Everything in the museum is well described in both English and Turkish. It is amazing how well preserved all f this rare and ancient history really is. There isn't anything to "skip" while visiting this museum. It is all maintained on two levels, the main floor and a basement floor. The exhibits are all kept in pristine condition. The grounds that surround the museum are almost as beautiful as the exhibits in inside. Don't miss the opportunity to spend time here exploring the museum and the ancient artifacts on display.
Written November 17, 2022
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David D
1,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The museum sits on a high underneath the entrance to the castle. It contains wonderful exhibits from the Neolithic period, as well as spectacular Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Assyrian, etc. artefacts. The Neo-Hittite stonework from Carchemish is particularly special, but there are so many highlights to this museum. If you like ancient history and are in Ankara, this is a definite must see.
Written November 21, 2022
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Metehan Basman
Adana, Türkiye30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi (Museum of Anatolian Civilizations) is a museum located in Ankara, Turkey, which houses artifacts from various civilizations that have inhabited Anatolia throughout history.

The museum is housed in a historic building that was originally constructed as a 15th-century Ottoman Bedesten (covered bazaar) in the old town of Ankara. In the early 20th century, the building was restored and converted into a museum to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Anatolia.

The museum's collections include artifacts from the Paleolithic era to the Ottoman period, including pieces from the Hittite, Phrygian, and Roman civilizations. Some of the most notable exhibits include the statue of the Hittite Storm God Tarhunt, the Karum Tablet Archive from the Hittite period, and the artifacts from the royal tombs at Gordion.

The museum's exhibits are arranged chronologically and thematically, and include a wide range of artifacts, such as sculptures, pottery, coins, and jewelry. The museum also features a library, a conservation laboratory, and a conference hall.

Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi is considered to be one of the most important museums in Turkey, and attracts visitors from around the world who are interested in exploring the rich cultural history of Anatolia.
Written March 19, 2023
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1957
Ottawa, Canada830 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
As part of our Gate 1 tour, we visited this museum who is much larger than it looks from the outside. It contains over 200,000 historical pieces . It exposes you to the Hittites Anatolian civilization. They are displayed in chronological order, some artifacts are exquisite. I specifically enjoyed the display of the chariots of fire…You can Amily spend an afternoon here admiring it all and educating yourself.
Written April 14, 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This museum concentrates on the pre-historic and early Mesopotamian civilisations with Assyrian colonies, Hittite and Phrygian being the most prominent. The pieces displayed are beautiful. There are clay cuneiform tablets, lovely animal-shaped drinking vessels, jewellery, pottery vessels and statues. To me the bronze disks and statues from the Bronze Age and the Assyrian colonies and Hittite sections which date from so long ago had artifacts amazing in their intricacy. The Phrygian section includes finds from the tomb of King Midas such as wooden furniture, pottery and jewellery and displays of the burial tomb.

The museum building itself is an old bazaar with vaulted ceilings. The galleries are arranged in chronological order starting from the left hand side as you enter. The central hall has stone statues, reliefs and carvings mainly from the Neo-Hittite eras. Downstairs is a smaller section with remnants from excavations from Ankara including Roman and Greek remains. There is good signposting in Turkish and English.
Written April 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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