Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

The Anatolian Civilizations Museum that is located in the Ulus district of Ankara, is among the sight to behold museums in the world today with its unique collections and history. In the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which has become the center of attention of both local and foreign tourists, the artifacts are displayed chronologically.

Anatolian Civilizations Museum has an important place in terms of preserving and exhibiting the archaeological artifacts of Anatolia. The museum, where only Hittite artifacts were exhibited at first, has turned into an Anatolian Museum by exhibiting all the artifacts that have survived since the Paleolithic Age.

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations won the “European Museum of the Year Award” by being chosen as the first among 68 museums in the competition held in Lausanne by the European Museum Form in 1997. It has the distinction of being the only museum entitled to receive this award in Turkey. Also, the Çatalhöyük city plan map of 6200 BC which is the oldest known map of the world is exhibited in the museum.

Visiting the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

Anatolian Civilizations Museum allures the attention of visitors with its historical artifacts that must be seen and its feature of being the oldest museum in Ankara. Located in the Ankara that belongs to the Central Anatolia Region in Turkey, transportation to the Anatolian Civilization Museum is accessible.

Where is the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations?

Its full address is: Kale Neighborhood(Mahalle), Hisarpark Throughway(Cadde), Gözcü Street(Sokak) No: 2 06240, Ulus, Altındağ/ANKARA. Walking from Ulus Heykel towards Ankara Castle, it is possible to see the entrance door of the Museum of Anatolian Civilization. The museum is located on the Ankara Castle road.

Getting to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

  • From Kızılay: The visitors can get off at Ulus station by Kızılay-Batıkent metro and exit from Ulus Bazaar exit. You can reach the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in a 10-minute walk, or you can take a taxi.
  • From Çankaya: Visitors that come from Dikmen Street should get on the municipality bus which numbered 145 or 154; visitors that come from İlker Street should get on the municipality bus which numbered 183 or 186, and visitors that come from Oran Street should get on the municipality bus that numbered 185 and get off of the bus at Ulus Bazaar station. You can reach the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with a 10-minute walk from the Çıkrıkçılar Slope, or you can take a taxi.
  • From Mamak: Visitors who come from Kayaş can get the buses numbered 332, 347, 349; visitors who come from Ege Neighborhood or Doğukent can get the buses 351 or 353; visitors who come from Abidinpaşa and Akdere can get the buses numbered 347, 349, 363, 367. You should get off of the bus at Anafartalar station; you can reach the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in a 10-minute walk, or you can take a taxi.
  • From Gölbaşı: You can take the bus 105 or 106 from Gölbaşı and get off at Ulus Bazaar station and reach the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with a 10-minute walk over Çıkrıkçılar Slope.
  • From Keçiören: Visitors that come from Etlik, Aşağı Eğlence, you can get the buses that go to Kızılay direction which numbered 203, 204, 263; If you are coming from Bağlum, you can take the bus numbered 268 and get off of the bus at Ulus station and reach the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with a 10-minute walk on Anafartalar Street.
  • From Yenimahalle: Visitors that If come from Batıkent and Demetevler, should get off at the Ulus station with Batıkent-Kızılay metro and exit the Ulus Bazaar exit and reach the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with a 10-minute walk.
  • Visitors that coming from Çayyolu and Ümitköy: You can get off at the Çayyolu-Kızılay metro station at the Kızılay stop and take one of the buses 347, 353, 377 and get off at the Anafartalar station. You can reach the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with a 10-minute walk.
  • From Sincan: You can get on the Kayaş-Sincan Başkentray train and get off at the Sıhhıye station, transfer to one of the buses 343, 351, 353, 377 and get off at the Anafartalar station. You can reach the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with a 10-minute walk.

Entrance Fee

The entrance fee of the Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum will be 50 TL as of May 1, with the increase of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in the museum entrance fees for 2021. While the Museum Card fees remain constant at 60 TL, the discounted Museum Card fee for students and academic staff over the age of 18 is determined as 30 TL. On the other hand, 18 and under and 65 and over age group in which the citizens of Turkey can make the free entrance to the Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum which is connected to the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

Hours

The visiting hours of the museums may vary according to the seasons. Under normal conditions, the visiting hours of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in the spring and summer months are determined by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism as 08.30 in the morning and 19.00 in the evening, 7 days a week. In the autumn and winter months, visiting hours are announced as 08.30 in the morning and 17.00 in the evening. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic conditions, the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations can serve between the hours 10.00 and 16.00 on weekdays.

It is also possible to virtually visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, which is opened to digital access for our visitors who cannot go to the museum.

History of the Museum Anatolian Civilizations

The story of the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, which is the first museum of Ankara, dates back to 1921. Through the encouragement of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, with the idea of establishing an Eti Museum in the center, artifacts and residuals belonging to the Hittite period started to be collected from various regions.

The museum was first established by the Minister of Culture of the period, Mübarek İsmail Galip Bey, in 1921 at the Akkale castle. In addition to this museum, artifacts have begun to be collected in the Augustus Temple and the Roman Bath. However, as the area of the Akkale castle was limited, it was not sufficient to collect the artifacts, and the Mahmut Pasha Bedesten and Kurşunlu Han underwent a major restoration. The museum, which served as the Ankara Asarı Atika between 1921-1938, the Eti Museum between 1938-1948, the Ankara Archeology Museum until 1968, is named eventually the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations after a 30-year restoration between years 1938 and 1968. While the repairs of the buildings continue, the middle area of the museum which was finished repaired in 1943, was opened to visitors for the first time.

Sections of the Museum

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations consists of 11 sub-sections and 3 main sections. In one of the main sections called the upper hall; there are 8 sub-sections: Paleolithic Age, Neolithic Age, Chalcolithic Age, Old Bronze Age, Assyrian Trade Colonies Period, Hittites, Phrygians, and Urartians. The upper hall has a feature that fascinates the visitors with a variety of artifacts and breathtaking historical features.

The closed space, called the Stone Works hall, consists of a rectangular shape covered with ten domes of the Mahmut Pasha Bedesten, which is the foundation of the museum building. In this section, stone works that each of them is unique belong to the Hittite and Late Hittite periods are exhibited.

The lower hall of the museum consists of two separate sub-sections, Ankara for the Ages and Classical Periods. In this section, with the residuals obtained in Ankara excavations, BC. starting from the second half of the 1st millennium; gold, silver, glass, marble, bronze works belonging to the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods are exhibited. In addition, the collections including coins starting from the first coin to the present day are exhibited on the lower floor of our museum.

Tips and Further Information

It is easy to find and read as the artifacts are arranged in chronological order. In addition, since the museum consists of a large area, there are areas for visitors to rest in case they get tired.

Q&A

Does the museum have any contact information? Yes, you can call this numbers: 0 312 324 31 60, 03123243161

Is there a place where I can rest near the museum? Yes, you can rest and have a meal in the cafe located in a historical building in Kaleiçi.

Does the museum have an e-mail address? Yes, you can write this e-mail: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] 

Does the museum have any social media accounts? No, but there are general accounts for museums: facebook: TurkishMuseums, instagram: officialturkishmusems, twitter: TurkishMuseums, youtube: TurkishMuseums, tripadvisor: TurkishMuseums

How can I visit the museum virtually? You can use this address: https://sanalmuze.gov.tr/TR-259961/anadolu-medeniyetleri-muzesi—ankara.html Can I take a photo at the museum? Yes, you can take pictures without using the flash.

İsmail Çamönü

Hi! I am Ismail. I am a digital nomad from Turkey. I lived in many cities around Turkey during my life and I am passionate about traveling. At Nomad's Guide to Turkey, I share travel tips for nomads, expats, and tourists who would like to visit Turkey.

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