Exhibiting over 12,000 artifacts relating to the history of the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions in Anatolia, Antalya Museum (also known as the Antalya Archaeological Museum) is one of the largest and most important museums in Turkey.
Born out of an attempt to prevent the country’s archaeological treasures from being plundered by the Italians during World War I, the museum started its life in a mosque in 1922, only moving its collection to its present building in 1972.
Today the museum has 13 exhibition galleries that include regional excavations and galleries of prehistory, pottery, mosaics and various statues, as well as sarcophagi, coins, jewelry and ethnographic collections. There are also open-air galleries and a garden.
Most of the best preserved finds from the ruined ancient cities of Anatolia can be found at the museum, and it’s a fantastic way to grow your knowledge and understanding of these ancient civilizations, their Gods, culture and icons.