Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi

Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi

Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
4.5
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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This fascinating museum contains over 200,000 historic pieces of which only a fraction can be displayed at one time. Exhibits include Early Bronze Age statues and Neolithic wall paintings.
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Neighbourhood: Çankaya
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  • Atatürk Kültür Merkezi • 10 min walk
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  • VeniVeniVisitavi
    Adana, Türkiye70 contributions
    ANADOLU MEDENIYETLERI MUZESI : MUST SEE
    Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi (Museum of Anatolian Civilizations) is a museum located in Ankara, Turkey, which houses artifacts from various civilizations that have inhabited Anatolia throughout history. The museum is housed in a historic building that was originally constructed as a 15th-century Ottoman Bedesten (covered bazaar) in the old town of Ankara. In the early 20th century, the building was restored and converted into a museum to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Anatolia. The museum's collections include artifacts from the Paleolithic era to the Ottoman period, including pieces from the Hittite, Phrygian, and Roman civilizations. Some of the most notable exhibits include the statue of the Hittite Storm God Tarhunt, the Karum Tablet Archive from the Hittite period, and the artifacts from the royal tombs at Gordion. The museum's exhibits are arranged chronologically and thematically, and include a wide range of artifacts, such as sculptures, pottery, coins, and jewelry. The museum also features a library, a conservation laboratory, and a conference hall. Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi is considered to be one of the most important museums in Turkey, and attracts visitors from around the world who are interested in exploring the rich cultural history of Anatolia.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 18 March 2023
  • VeniVeniVisitavi
    Adana, Türkiye70 contributions
    ANADOLU MEDENIYETLERI MUZESI : ALTERNATIVE
    Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi (Museum of Anatolian Civilizations) is a museum located in Ankara, Turkey, which houses artifacts from various civilizations that have inhabited Anatolia throughout history. The museum is housed in a historic building that was originally constructed as a 15th-century Ottoman Bedesten (covered bazaar) in the old town of Ankara. In the early 20th century, the building was restored and converted into a museum to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Anatolia. The museum's collections include artifacts from the Paleolithic era to the Ottoman period, including pieces from the Hittite, Phrygian, and Roman civilizations. Some of the most notable exhibits include the statue of the Hittite Storm God Tarhunt, the Karum Tablet Archive from the Hittite period, and the artifacts from the royal tombs at Gordion. The museum's exhibits are arranged chronologically and thematically, and include a wide range of artifacts, such as sculptures, pottery, coins, and jewelry. The museum also features a library, a conservation laboratory, and a conference hall. Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi is considered to be one of the most important museums in Turkey, and attracts visitors from around the world who are interested in exploring the rich cultural history of Anatolia.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Mehdi A
    Istanbul, Türkiye17 contributions
    Back through the history
    I got a museum card, 60TLs, as I have a residency permit card. If you are interested in archaeology, go there; otherwise, you will see only stones. I enjoyed as I am coming from the same background. My country has some similar museums; then, I really liked the museum. It was amazing that staff were polite and helpful which I have seen in most of museums. It is located closed to the castle- old Ankara.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom9,547 contributions
    Fantastic assembly of Anatolian artifacts, beautifully laid out
    We walked to the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation by a very roundabout route through a mixture of modern and run down streets - but as this was my main reason for visiting the city I was somewhat driven to get there. The Museum didn't disappoint, a fabulous collection of artifacts covering at least 5000 years of history. It was quite interesting seeing the evolution of sculpture so that by the time we got to the Roman era they almost seemed like cheap Chinese knock offs. The gold work, statues, pottery, iron work and glassware was all fantastic and we spent a couple of hours going through finds from all the various civilisations that impacted this region and by extension the whole of Western culture. The museum was well laid out and it was nice to see finds from the whole area in one place - even if some were replicas - rather than having to visit individual sites. The cuneiform writing was quite astounding and the fact they have recovered so many of the clay tablets means we actually have a good idea of the society of the time. Particularly good were the human elements like the marriage and divorce contracts that had been recovered from about 3000 years ago.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia6,463 contributions
    Among the best
    I love museums and I have visited dozens all over the world. The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, in my opinion, ranks among the best. Housed in an old Ottoman Bazaar (which certainly adds to the character), it exhibits thousands of artifacts from Paleolithic right up to Ottoman times ; all in in logical chronological order and incredibly well displayed. Everywhere you look there are exquisite, exclusive pieces ; a feast for the eyes and the mind. It's easy to spend a whole afternoon and take hundreds of photos . . .
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Atis B
    Kharagpur, India463 contributions
    Museum of Anatolian civilizations in true sense.
    From outside I didn’t expect whatever I am going to see few minutes later. Outside not so impressive, rather it looks like very small. Inside it’s heaven for people like myself with little bit more interest in archaeology. I saw so many things but one thing that shocked me was the skull of king Midas. I could believe hardly myself. I also get exposed to Hittite civilization which had any experience before.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 December 2023
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Atis B
Kharagpur, India463 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
From outside I didn’t expect whatever I am going to see few minutes later. Outside not so impressive, rather it looks like very small. Inside it’s heaven for people like myself with little bit more interest in archaeology. I saw so many things but one thing that shocked me was the skull of king Midas. I could believe hardly myself. I also get exposed to Hittite civilization which had any experience before.
Written 27 December 2023
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Wood77
Los Angeles, CA1,931 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Anatolia, also called Asia Minor, is the peninsula of land that today constitutes the Asian portion of Turkey. From the Stone Age, ancient civilization settlements, the Eastern Roman Empire and Ottoman Empire, all have left their mark when they settled or traveled through today’s modern Republic of Turkey/Türkiye. The Anatolian Civilizations Museum collection put all these archaeological treasures together beautifully.
Written 21 December 2023
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia6,463 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I love museums and I have visited dozens all over the world. The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, in my opinion, ranks among the best. Housed in an old Ottoman Bazaar (which certainly adds to the character), it exhibits thousands of artifacts from Paleolithic right up to Ottoman times ; all in in logical chronological order and incredibly well displayed. Everywhere you look there are exquisite, exclusive pieces ; a feast for the eyes and the mind.
It's easy to spend a whole afternoon and take hundreds of photos . . .
Written 23 November 2023
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Tour320751
Antalya, Türkiye3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
This museum might encourage one to see Ankara in its own merits. Though not as big as The Met or Louvre, it has in its compact size a lot to offer having suberp hittite and neolithic findings as well as other artifacts from the cradle of civilasitions.
Written 29 October 2023
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Francisco Jose Fernandez Sanchez
Las Rozas, Spain557 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
It has the most complete collection that exists of objects from the Hittite civilization some brought directly from the archeological site of Hattusa
The large stone structures especially of lions are especially impressive
You have to stop in detail on the main floor especially in the central room where youcan see and admire many Hittite objects unique in the world
At the bottom there is a good collection of objects from the passage of the Roman Empire through these lands
Outside the museum there is also a large collection of jars used by these civilizations which you can admire
And finally have a Turkish coffee in the museum's outdoor cafeteria from where you can admire an impressive view of the city of Ankara
Written 15 October 2023
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Brun066
Florence, Italy12,485 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
I had the opportunity to visit this museum in summer 2023, during a group trip to Anatolia. The needs of the group forced me to squeeze the visit into two hours, while I would have gladly stayed four, or even six hours.
The reason for my interest comes from afar. Like everyone of my generation, I was accustomed to the idea that the civilizations of the ancient Near East were par excellence those of the alluvial plains of the Nile, the Tigris and the Euphrates: there agriculture, cities and best structured states would have been born.
Then, in the 1960s, the excavations of the Neolithic settlement of Çatal Hüyük (whose finds are exhibited in this museum), allowed someone to affirm that this one (dating back to at least 6,500 BC) was "the first city of history".
Anatolia therefore becomes a primary hotbed of civilization; and the revaluation of the Hittites converges well to create this sensation.
The Hittites, creators of a great state formation, are also the last great empire of ancient Near East to be discovered and investigated. And it's in this museum that their epic is celebrated: Atatürk a century ago, in 1923, wanted this museum first and foremost as the “Museum of the Hittites”; and the result is clearly visible.
All in all, for those (like me) who are sensitive to the above-argued revaluation of Anatolia in history, this museum constitutes a very strong intellectual attraction.
If we then consider - as has been widely noted - that the exhibition reaches excellence in terms of museographic criteria (excellence also recognized by a European award), we understand that the enjoyment of the exhibition is further enhanced.
The documentation on Çatal Hüyük and that on the splendid and rich Hittite finds (from both the ancient, imperial and neo-Hittite eras; therefore spanning the time of a millennium) would be alone enough to ensure the charm of the Museum; but there is much more to it.
To give just one example: once the Hittite empire collapsed (early 12th century BC), the Phrygians, largely responsible for this collapse, took the center of stage (and of museum exhibition). The name of the Phrygians will not mean much to the majority of the public, except when it's pointed out that their best-known king is Midas, whose fabulous wealth has entered legend. And even the Phrygian finds are of rare fascination.
I'll stop here, hoping that these hints of mine are enough to argue that this Museum is absolutely not to be missed; and that in any case it is worth the trip to Ankara.
Written 4 October 2023
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK9,547 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
We walked to the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation by a very roundabout route through a mixture of modern and run down streets - but as this was my main reason for visiting the city I was somewhat driven to get there. The Museum didn't disappoint, a fabulous collection of artifacts covering at least 5000 years of history. It was quite interesting seeing the evolution of sculpture so that by the time we got to the Roman era they almost seemed like cheap Chinese knock offs. The gold work, statues, pottery, iron work and glassware was all fantastic and we spent a couple of hours going through finds from all the various civilisations that impacted this region and by extension the whole of Western culture.

The museum was well laid out and it was nice to see finds from the whole area in one place - even if some were replicas - rather than having to visit individual sites. The cuneiform writing was quite astounding and the fact they have recovered so many of the clay tablets means we actually have a good idea of the society of the time. Particularly good were the human elements like the marriage and divorce contracts that had been recovered from about 3000 years ago.
Written 27 September 2023
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Mehdi A
Istanbul, Türkiye17 contributions
Jun 2023
I got a museum card, 60TLs, as I have a residency permit card.
If you are interested in archaeology, go there; otherwise, you will see only stones.
I enjoyed as I am coming from the same background. My country has some similar museums; then, I really liked the museum.
It was amazing that staff were polite and helpful which I have seen in most of museums.
It is located closed to the castle- old Ankara.
Written 5 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

VeniVeniVisitavi
Adana, Türkiye70 contributions
Mar 2023
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi (Museum of Anatolian Civilizations) is a museum located in Ankara, Turkey, which houses artifacts from various civilizations that have inhabited Anatolia throughout history.

The museum is housed in a historic building that was originally constructed as a 15th-century Ottoman Bedesten (covered bazaar) in the old town of Ankara. In the early 20th century, the building was restored and converted into a museum to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Anatolia.

The museum's collections include artifacts from the Paleolithic era to the Ottoman period, including pieces from the Hittite, Phrygian, and Roman civilizations. Some of the most notable exhibits include the statue of the Hittite Storm God Tarhunt, the Karum Tablet Archive from the Hittite period, and the artifacts from the royal tombs at Gordion.

The museum's exhibits are arranged chronologically and thematically, and include a wide range of artifacts, such as sculptures, pottery, coins, and jewelry. The museum also features a library, a conservation laboratory, and a conference hall.

Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi is considered to be one of the most important museums in Turkey, and attracts visitors from around the world who are interested in exploring the rich cultural history of Anatolia.
Written 19 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

David D
1,205 contributions
Nov 2022
The museum sits on a high underneath the entrance to the castle. It contains wonderful exhibits from the Neolithic period, as well as spectacular Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Assyrian, etc. artefacts. The Neo-Hittite stonework from Carchemish is particularly special, but there are so many highlights to this museum. If you like ancient history and are in Ankara, this is a definite must see.
Written 21 November 2022
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