It is very important to learn about Antalya’s history and background while also exploring the turquoise water and livid city life. This city is thousands of years old and has been home to dozens of civilizations throughout the year. Visiting local museums and gaining knowledge is a great start to understanding the gravity of the roads we walk on and places we visit on our excursions in Antalya.
With 13 exhibition halls and an open gallery, Antalya Archeology Museum covers 7000 square meters and 5000 artifacts are exhibited with up to 30,000 being preserved without exhibition. From animal fossils to statues of Greek gods, this museum has all the answers to Antalya’s abundant culture. Since Antalya Museum is very popular and accessible you shouldn't have a problem with its location in the city center and have a great time. If you're interested in history this culture excursion in Antalya is definitely for you.
Right in the middle of Antalya’s city center, this museum consists of two cultural heritage buildings, now renovated and hosting the artifacts of the museum. The first building of the Museum is a two-storey example of a typical 19th century Antalya house. When you go to the upper floor of the house, you'll see many old photographs and nostalgic reflections from the "mirror of the past". The Anatolian culture will surround you and you will have a glimpse of how life was hundreds of years ago, in the exact house you're walking around. The other building of the museum is the Aya Yorgi (Agios Georgios) Church, dated 1863. The rich Çanakkale Ceramics collection and thematic cultural exhibitions are held throughout the yeTurkishar here, and you should definitely visit this museum when you're in Oldtown and looking for things to do in Antalya.
Founded in 2011, this place is worth visiting especially for families with children. The Antalya Toy Museum is a delight for children of all ages. It houses a collection of over 4,000 toys from around the world, dating from the 1860s to the 1990s. The museum's collection includes a wide variety of toys, from simple wooden blocks to elaborate dolls houses. There are also toys from a variety of cultures, including Turkish, European, and Asian toys. The Antalya Toy Museum is a great place to learn about the history of toys and to see how toys have changed over time. It's also a great place to take children, who will love seeing all the different toys on display. Surrounded with nostalgic toys from all around the world, you can visit Antalya Toy Museum right in the middle of Oldtown. With different themes at every section, you can maybe come by toys you also once had, and have great family time while on vacation.
Atatürk's House Museum is a place dedicated to the visits of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk to this city. In the museum, Atatürk's personal belongings, Atatürk stamps, money collections, and the main pages of the newspapers published by the local press during Atatürk's visit to Antalya are exhibited. The museum is located in the Kaleiçi district of Antalya, in a former mansion that was once owned by Atatürk's close friend, Kılıç Ali Paşa. The museum's collection includes a wide variety of artifacts related to Atatürk's life, including personal belongings, photographs, documents, and paintings. There are also exhibits that showcase Atatürk's achievements as a military leader, a statesman, and a reformer. If you're a tourist interested in the Republic of Turkey’s history and you don't know what to do in Antalya; this place is a must see.
The Antalya Etnographic Museum is a museum dedicated to the history and culture of Turkey. The museum is located in the Kaleiçi district of Antalya, in a former caravanserai that was built in the 16th century. The museum's collection includes a wide variety of artifacts related to Turkish culture, including clothing, jewelry, textiles, household objects, and musical instruments. There are also exhibits that showcase the different ethnic groups that have inhabited Turkey over the centuries. Turkish-Islamic artifacts and objects from the daily life of the people of Antalya in the Ottoman Period are exhibited. There are countless examples of Antalya's centuries-old culture in the museum, which contains tiles, ceramics, glass products and calligraphy. While not all of these museums might be of interest to you, we definitely recommend you to check out as many as possible. Antalya’s history and culture is endless and there is more to this city than just sandy beaches and beautiful resorts. You can add any of these to your daily tour in Antalya and we can assure you they will change your perspective.