Although most tourists that choose Antalya as their destination, are investing most of their travel time on the beautiful beaches and nature of this glamorous city, Antalya has a great collection of historical sites and museums that are very valuable to the history of this city. The historical side of Antalya city is an underrated part of this charming town’s attractions.
Top 7 Museums of Antalya
If you get tired of the natural sights and outdoor attractions in Antalya city, we’ve made a collection of Antalya’s best museums for you to explore on your trip to Antalya. Keep reading for further information about the great museums of Antalya.
- Antalya Archeology Museum
- Antalya Toy Museum
- Ataturk House and Museum
- Suna and inan Kirac kaleichi museum
- Sandland open air Museum
- Antalya Marine Biology Museum
- Side Underwater Museum
Antalya archeology museum
Antalya archeology museum is one of the greatest archeology museums in Turkey. This museum is the most important and most known museum in Antalya that is also known as Antalya Museum.
There’s a large collection of remaining statues, sculptures, coins, sarcophaguses, and a lot more pieces of ruins that are brought from the surrounding ancient cities of Antalya in Antalya Archeology Museum. You can travel back in time and see the glory of Antalya city and Turkey throughout history.
You will see old pieces and gather information about distinct aspects of culture in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods in Antalya archeology museum. There are some pieces in Antalya museum that date back to 3000 years ago.
Antalya Archeology Museum has more than 30 thousand square meters of land space with 14 display halls, several galleries, and an outdoor sculpture garden.
- Address: Bahçelievler, Konyaaltı Cd. No:88, 07050 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey.
- Timings: every day from 8:30 am to 6 pm.
Antalya Toy Museum
Antalya toy museum is one of the most interesting museums in Antalya; even Turkey. You may think that this museum is only for children and adults might find it boring but I can assure you that you are wrong.
Antalya toy museum is the ultimate fun. Entering Antalya toy museum almost feels like traveling to the homeland of your childhood fairy tales. There are numerous sculptures and figures of famous characters from popular animations. Like cinderella, Smurfs, Aladdin, Micky Mouse, etc.
Exploring this museum is a reminder of your sweet childhood memories. Despite the nostalgic vibe of Antalya toy museum, there is a collection of old toys that some of which go back to the 18th century. There are also some handmade Russian, Japanese, and German toys in this museum.
- Address: Selçuk Mah Yat Limanı Sok. No:112, 07000 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey.
- Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.
- Closed on Mondays.
Ataturk house and museum
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is the founder of modern secular turkey. He is one of the most important and one of the most famous public figures in Turkey. His house was repaired in 191981 and turned into a museum that exhibits all of his furniture.
In Ataturk’s house and museum, you can see the lifestyle of Kemal Ataturk and get a glance at his routine life in his house as well as his influence on the politics of modern Turkey. This museum has three floors and a courtyard and all of its interior spaces are filled with the personal belongings of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
- Address: Şekerhane Mah., Anzaklar Sok., 07400 Alanya/Antalya, Turkey.
- Timings: every day from 10 am to 5 pm.
Suna and Inan Kirac kaleichi museum
Suna and Inan Kirac Keleici museum is one of the smallest but at the same time most precious museums in Antalya city. Suna and Inan were two people that were interested in the history and culture of Turkey and decided to open a museum about this country and mostly Antalya’s heritage.
There’s a grand collection of ancient pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. You can see the lifestyle and traditions of Turkish people at the starting years of modernization in villages of Turkey.
The founders of this museum wanted to preserve Turkish traditions and their traditional lifestyle in general from Modern changes. That’s why they tried to focus most of the pieces on the common lifestyle and not the nobles.
Suna and Inan Kirac Museum’s accessibility is very ideal due to its location. It is located in the Kaleici neighborhood. You can visit this museum after or before your kaleici tour.
- Address: Barbaros Mah. Kocatepe Sok, Civelek Sk. No: 25, 07100 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey.
- Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.
- Closed on Mondays.
Sandland is an open-air museum in Antalya city and one of its exciting attractions. This museum is a collection of spectacular sculptures made of sand. One of the world’s biggest sand events is held in Antalya Sandland. 10 thousand tons of sand is being used by 25 or more masters of making sand sculptures to create more than 100 enormous sand sculptures in this museum.
If you are a person that gets bored by museum tours and you rather have an outdoor experience instead, you have to visit Sanland. Sandland is one of the most interesting museums in Antalya city that is not like a typical boring museum. exploring this museum is more of an excursion than a small tour of a museum.
- Address: Guzeloba Mahallesi Lara Caddesi Lara Birlik Halk Plajı, 07230 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey.
- Timings: every day from 9 am to 11 pm.
Antalya Marine Biology Museum
Antalya marine biology museum is Turkey’s one and only museum which is focused on Marine lifestyle, endangered marine species, and Mediterranean Sea. There are more than 5000 marine species in this museum and 15 of them are in danger of extinction.
This museum’s main purpose is to inform its visitors about the lifestyle of marine species in Mediterranean Sea and show the beauty of the underwater life of this sea. You shouldn’t miss visiting this exciting museum on your trip to Antalya because you won’t see such a great collection in any other place.
- Address: Selçuk, Tuzkapısı Sk., 07100 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey.
Side Underwater Museum
Side underwater museum is probably not only Antalya’s but also Turkey’s most exciting museum. As you may have figured out from the name, this museum is under the waters of Mediterranean Sea; near Antalya city.
Side underwater museum is a submerged museum that exhibits about 110 sculptures under the waters of Lanzarote beach. The sculptures are divided into several sections including plants, historical, animals, daily human activities, fighters, etc.
You have to scuba dive to explore and visit this museum and you have to have a scuba diving license to be able to visit this museum. Do not worry if you don’t have the license. You can take a short training lesson on the same day and dive with a professional diver.
The number of visitors to side underwater museum is limited and there are a lot of people that plan to visit this museum. That’s why it is recommended that you book your ticket a couple of days in advance.
Final words about Antalya’s museums
Antalya is mostly known for its picturesque natural sights and gorgeous scenery. But despite the many natural attractions of this city, there are some great museums in Antalya that we named some of the best ones in this article.