Turkey Ethnography Museums

Everything about All 3 Turkey Ethnography Museums

Turkey has many historical and recreational sights that attract many curious tourists and enthusiasts to visit the museums and historical monuments of this country. The ethnographic museums can attract many tourists from all over the world and there are 3 ethnographic museums in different cities of Turkey which are mentioned here:

All 3 Turkish Ethnological Museums

  • Ankara Museum of Ethnography
  • Antalya Ethnography Museum
  • Konya Ethnography Museum

Ankara Museum of Ethnography

Ankara Ethnography Museum is one of the best and most equipped museums in this city and its theme is about Culturology and ethnology and it reflects the cultural aspects of all the people who lived in Anatolia (Turkey), which presents all of them in full view of all the tourists who come to this city. About 1250 works are kept in this museum.

The Ethnography Museum features specimens of Turkish artwork spanning from the Seljuk era all the way up to the current day in its exhibitions. To the right of the entrance to the museum, there is a hall where Anatolian wedding ceremonies are explained and wedding dresses from different cities, examples and techniques of Turkish embroidery, and samples of Anatolian Turkish rugs and carpets are displayed.

To the left of the entrance is the tile and glass products section, a hall where objects donated by Besim Atalay and examples of Ottoman calligraphy art are displayed. This hall contains some of the best ancient wooden works from the Seljuk period and the Islamic period.

History of Ethnographic Museum of Ankara

This museum is the first museum built in the Republic of Turkey, which was planned and built by the direct order of Atatürk, the great leader of the Turkish nation. Arif Hikmet Koyunoğlu is the architect of this museum and one of the most valuable architects of the republic period in Turkey. The architecture of the Ethnography Museum of Ankara reflects the characteristics of each period of Anatolia from the past times to the Republic of this country. Opened to the public on July 18, 1930, the museum served as Atatürk’s temporary mausoleum until November 1938 up to the construction of the Great Mosque. Ethnography Museum has a small but good and beautiful collection, which also showcases Turkey’s artistic heritage.

Ethnographic Museum of Ankara
Ethnographic Museum of Ankara

Halls of Ankara Ethnography Museum

1. Atatürk Temporary Tomb Hall

In the entrance hall, the atmosphere of Atatürk’s former mausoleum has been preserved with photos of his funeral ceremony displayed on the walls, which shows the enthusiastic presence of the Turkish people in this ceremony.

2. Hall of historical monuments

The hall on the left side of the museum leads to the entrance hall which contains examples of Ottoman calligraphy art, Turkish tile and glass art, metalwork art and woodwork, along with Seljuk ceramics, Anatolian jewelry and a beautiful collection of Ottoman woodwork including inlaid pulpits and beautiful doors are historic mosques.

Hall of historical monuments
Hall of historical monuments

3. Clothing hall

In a part of the Ethnographic Museum of Ankara, local costumes and the way of holding ceremonies and celebrations such as weddings, etc. of this country from the distant past such as Byzantium, Seljuk and Ottoman are exposed to the public.

4. Carpet hall

Also, the presence of old carpets, rugs and carpets that have very beautiful designs and patterns along with their weaving tools will make you more familiar with Turkish handicrafts.

5. Hall of Arms

There are also halls dedicated to the weapons of Ottoman sultans and other time periods and other traditional themes.

Hall of Arms
Hall of Arms

Visiting hours

The working hours of this museum are different in summer and winter. So, in summer it is open from April 15 to October 2 from 8:30 AM to 7 PM, and in winter from October 3 to April 14 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM.

Access path

Ethnography Museum is located in the north and close to the center of Ankara. Go to one of the entrance stations of the museum by subway, taxi or bus.

Nearest attractions

If you are visiting the Ankara Museum of Culture, then be sure to visit the Art and Sculpture Museum and the Gunçlik Park.

Antalya Ethnography Museum

If you want to enter the old and ancient Ottoman era, one of the solutions is visiting a museum. In Antalya, there are many historical museums that are among the tourist attractions of Antalya, among them is the Ethnography Museum, which was established in 1996. At the Ethnographic Museum of Antalya, visitors are introduced to the culture and customs of the Turkish-speaking people.

Antalya Ethnography Museum
Antalya Ethnography Museum

Introducing the Ethnographic Museum of Antalya

This museum is built in two buildings, one part of the artworks and one part of the historical works of the Turkish people, as well as the lifestyle of these people. The exterior of the Ethnographic Museum is surrounded by a lush and beautiful garden, and with the presence of an Orthodox church in it, which dates back to 1863, it has created a lot of attraction for visitors.

Culture has been shown in this museum by presenting replicas dressed in colorful and local clothes, each of them busy doing something, for example, one is baking bread, another is weaving cloth, and some are holding a happy ceremony or celebration.

Ethnographic Museum of Antalya
Ethnographic Museum of Antalya

Konya Ethnography Museum

Konya Museum of Ethnology (Museum of Anthropology) is considered one of the most important museums in Turkey, which attracts people interested in history and culture from different parts of the world and Turkey. If you travel to Konya on a Turkey tour, visit the Konya Ethnological Museum, which is located in the Larende Cad district of Konya. Konya Museum of Ethnology building was built with different educational purposes in 1975 and has continued to operate until now. If you like to get to know the culture and customs of the people of Konya, we suggest you to visit the Konya Museum of Ethnology, which is very spectacular.

Konya Ethnography Museum
Konya Ethnography Museum

The structure of the Konya Museum of Ethnography

The building of this complex consists of two floors and a basement; the office is in the basement and the conference room is on the ground floor. Executive and administrative services and services, library and goods warehouse are also located on the first floor. Many objects are on display in this collection, including the following:

  1. Historical carpets: Some of the remarkable carpets in this museum are related to the Ashraf Oglu Mosque (13th and 15th centuries). This mosque is the most important place of worship where Seljuk wooden art can be seen.
  2. Wedding fabrics, short jackets, traditional women’s clothes such as bindallı, salta, cepken, kafta, etc.
  3. flower pot
  4. Coffee cup and coffee maker.
  5. Bronze candlesticks.
  6. Manuscripts.
  7. Examples of carpets and rugs belonging to the Seljuk and Ottoman periods.
  8. Bows and arrows, weapons, swords, pistols, guns from the Ottoman period and the time of the Republic.
  9. Kitchen tools made of copper, bronze, glass and porcelain.
  10. Ornaments such as bracelets, necklaces, beads, etc.
  11. Examples of old Konya newspapers.
  12. Metal locks and keys.
  13. Ottoman writing instrument
Konya Museum of Anthropology
Konya Museum of Anthropology

Working hours of Konya Museum of Anthropology

This complex is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays, when it is closed. The museum is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. This museum is considered one of the sights of Konya and some of the tourist tours of this city direct their passengers to this museum.

Konya Ethnography Museum
Konya Ethnography Museum


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