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“Not What I Expected, But Fantastic”

Cappadocia Art & History Museum
Ranked #6 of 37 things to do in Urgup
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

It's really a 200 year old Greek doll house and collection of antique sundries (from an old remington typewriter to a peg football board game), but also much more than that. There are thousands (I think the owner said 2500 in his entire collection, some of which is not being displayed) handmade paper mache dolls made by the owner's mother. Some are the size of a standard barbie, others are life size. Each, he said, took about a month to make. There are depictions of important Turkish Sultans and their wives, Turkish merchants, sailors, soldiers, and folk tale heroes that give you a unique, if a little eccentric, view into historic Turkish life. He also has a collection of dolls donated by other visitors from Thailand, India, Cuba, and everywhere else dolls are made. The house goes up a couple floors to a balcony with an incredible view, then down to an underground cave basement. The ticket price includes a guided tour by the owner, who obviously loves his museum and wants to communicate this love to the visitors.

3  Thank Samrionce
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

This museum - housed in an elegant, historic town house - is a real 'find': it combines a folk museum (displays of popular arts and crafts illustrating how local people used to live) with a large collection of dolls and puppets both from Turkey and from other countries around the world. The 'Turkish' dolls model regional costumes and act out aspects of their country's culture and history. Many of them are expertly made by the curator's mother. The curator himself (who conducts visitors around the museum on what is in effect a private tour) provides detailed explanations about the exhibits; his evident affection for them is touching, his expert knowledge a constant source of enlightenment.

3  Thank Peter W
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

A bit hard to find, but different and nice experience out of the mass-tourism track! It's a guided visit so it's nice to hear about all the history behind these hundreds of dolls. Very nice traditional rooms. Lovely!!! We paid 26 TL for entrance (2 adults, 2 children) and visit last approx. 1 hour.

Thank GenD31
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Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

This is one of the most interesting places in Cappadocia. In one museum you take an unbeliavable tour of history, culture, architecture, religion of the region and Anatolia in general. The owners are extremly nice and helpful. The building itself worth visiting. The village is beautiful and worth a short trip (6 kilometre) from Urgup. Highly reccomended!

2  Thank Ozgur O
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

This place is like living museum and well described for the travellers. Situated within population and quite common to have crowd interested in Churches and old style of living and surviving against all odds. Place is neat and clean and charge entry fees for main entry as well as for one cave with well restored murals

3  Thank Nima-Anand
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