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Museum of Anatolian Civilizations


In the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, as one of the world’s most important museums, works starting from Paleolithic Ages to today are exhibited in chronological order. Buildings forming the museum are Mahmut Pasha Bazaar and Kurşunlu Han which were built for commercial purposes. Bazaar (1464-1471) is used as the exhibition hall, and Han which was built in the same period is used for administrative service units.

Starting from bone and stone tools made by hunter and gatherer human societies, works excavated from prehistoric cities such as Çatalhöyük, Hacılar are interesting examples. Moreover, works of Anatolian civilizations such as Hittites (1750-1200 B.C.), Late Hittites (1200-700 B.C.), Phrygia (1200-700 B.C.), Urartu (1200-600 B.C.) constitute important exhibition groups in the museum.

Wide collections including golden, silver, glass and bronze works belonging to Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods and coins starting from the first money till today represent valuable cultural assets. The museum is open to visitors except Mondays.