■ Museums in Alanya

Alanya Archaeological Museum

Opened in 1967, Alanya Museum is located near the Damlatas beach. The lower floor of the two-storey museum serves as an archaeological museum. There are sections like Anatolian civilizations, ships, maritime, Herakles, Alanya Castle and Coin Room, as well as an activity room for children visitors. The artefacts exhibited in the museum date back to the 19th century, starting from about 12,000 years ago.

Among the works exhibited both chronologically and thematically, there is an Phoenician inscription, the letter of the Roman emperor found in the ancient city of Syedra, Pegasus, a ship’s bronze diploma, a bronze diploma of a soldier, the statue of Heracles, the museum’s shining star, and the Seljuk tiles found in the excavations of Alanya Castle Ostoteks revealing the burial traditions, a stone inscription in Phoenician language dating to 625 BC, and the statue of Herakles, one of the mythological heroes. Alanya Archeology Museum exhibits bronze, marble, terracotta, glass and mosaic finds from the Archaic, Classical, Roman and Byzantine periods and coin collections, as well as Turkish-Islamic works from the Seljuk and Ottoman periods.

  In the Ethnography section of the Museum, the daily rooms of an old Alanya house with objects such as Yoruk rugs, ala sacks, dresses, embroidery samples, weapons, daily use utensils, jewellery, manuscripts and writing sets, which are collected from the surroundings of Alanya and reflecting the folkloric characteristics of the region are exhibited. The museum has stone artefacts from Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods, and is open every day of the week except Mondays.
Alanya Archaeological Museum is located in the centre of Alanya, within a 200 meters walk distance from Damlatas cave.
Alanya Museum Directorate address
Saray Neighborhood, Hilmi Balcı Street, No 2
Phone: 0242 513 12 28

Atatürk House Museum

Republic of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk visited this building on his visit to Alanya on February 18th, 1935 and stayed for a while. And after that, it was donated to the Ministry of Culture by its owner Tevfik Azakoğlu and turned into a museum in 1987. The building reflects the characteristics of 19th-century Turkish architecture and has three floors. The rooms on the upper floor are equipped with ethnographic items from a traditional Alanya house. It is estimated that the house was built between 1880 and 1885 with three-storeys and on a 600 m² garden. It can be visited free of charge between 08:30 and 17:30 on weekdays.

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Museum of Hüseyin Azakoğlu

Donated by the owners to the Alanya Municipality for cultural purposes, this mansion is an example of traditional Alanya houses. The fine detail in the planning of the mansion stands out from the simplicity of the transition between rooms and the craftsmanship used in window and door decorations. This museum, which is a good example for Alanya to protect its city identity, is located in Şekerhane neighbourhood and it is aimed to transform the house into a city museum.

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Silk House and Culture House Museum

Both museums are in Alanya Castle, near Suleymaniye Mosque. Entrance to the museum is free of charge where you can get information about silkworms and weaving in Alanya and examine the belongings of that period on-site in the restored old Alanya houses.

Wooden windows, doors and ceiling details typical of traditional Alanya houses can be seen on the ground and upper floors of the building on the registered building which has a two-storeyed type. The ground floor, which has the characteristic of traditional Alanya houses, consists of storage, animal housing and service spaces, and serves as a herbarium. In this centre which is the first herbarium established in Turkey by the Municipality, there are 322 plant species and 38 butterfly species, 20 of which are endemic in Alanya Castle and its environs being exhibited within the scope of the study of flora and fauna species. The upper floor and the garden of the registered building host periodic exhibitions all year round.

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Ship and Maritime Museum

It is located in the harbour area of Alanya Castle between Kızılkule and Tersane. There are many exhibit areas forming the theme of Ship and Maritime as well as Kızlkule and Tersane, which are rare monuments of the Seljuk period.

Alanya shipyard, where the maritime and ship project was implemented, was built in 1227, but it is one of the surviving examples. The museum, which was restored with the cooperation of Alanya Municipality and the Ministry of Tourism, exhibits a 15 meters tall boat called Çekevele. A crane, catapult, cleat, cannons and boat manufacturing tools belonging to the same periods are also exhibited.

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