Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Museums in Antalya

ANTALYA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM




The Antalya Museum or Antalya Archaeological Museum is one of Turkey's largest museums, located in Konyaaltı, Antalya. It includes 13 exhibition halls and an open air gallery. It covers an area of 7,000 m2 (75,000 sq ft) and has 5000 works of art are exhibited. In addition a further 25,000–30,000 artifacts which cannot be displayed are in storage. As a museum exhibiting examples of works, which illuminate the history of the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions in Anatolia, Antalya Museum is one of the most important of Turkey's museums. The Museum won the “European Council Special Prize” in 1988.

Address: Konyaalti Street, No: 1, Antalya
Tel: +90 0 242 238 56 88 



ATATÜRK'S HOUSE MUSEUM


Atatürk's House Museum is a national museum in Antalya, dedicated to the visits of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk to Antalya City. The museum is located in a two-storey replica house, which was rebuilt original. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk stayed during his official visits to Antalya in 1930 and 1935 in the mansion that belonged to the governorship of the province. In 1984, the building was handed over to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to be transformed into a house museum. The building had to be broken down in the frame of city's street widening project. With the financial support of a local electricity distribution company, the house was rebuilt at the same location. In 1986, the museum opened to the public. At the first floor, newspapers, photos and documents relating to Atatürk's visits to Antalya between March 6–10, 1930 and February 18–19, 1935 are on display. At the second floor, there are two working rooms and a bedroom. At another section on that floor, a collection of banknotes, coins, commemorative coins and postage stamps issued since the proclamation of the Republic is on the show.

Address: Işıklar Street, Muratpaşa, Antalya
Tel: 0 242 241 15 27


SUNA & İNAN KIRAÇ KALEİÇİ MUSEUM


Suna & İnan Kıraç Kaleiçi Museum is housed in two historic buildings in Kaleiçi of old Antalya, registered as cultural heritage. These heavily deteriorated buildings were purchased by Suna and İnan Kıraç and restored from 1993 to 1995. The first building is a typical two-story Turkish house with the traditional layout of exterior sofa. The garden has a part extending under the house, and called taşlık, which was a must for every Antalyan house.

Address: Barbaros District, Kocatepe Street, No: 25, Kaleiçi (Old City), 07100, Antalya
Tel: +90 0 242 243 42 74 


ALANYA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM


The museum has two sections where archaeological and ethnographical arts are exhibited and it was opened for visitors in 1967. The inscription dating from 625 B.C. discovered around Alanya with writing in the Phoenician language is one of the oldest artefacts and is exhibited here. They also exhibite carvings from Roman, Byzantine and Islmic Times in the yard of the museum.
Address: Ismail Hilmi Balci Street, Alanya, Antalya
Tel: +90 0242 513 12 28‎


ALANYA RED TOWER ETHNOGRAPH MUSEUM


The Red Tower is both a peerless work of Seljuk architecture and a building that has come to symbolize the modem city of Alanya. The tower is a defensive and surveillance structure built to protect the commercial activities of the Seljuk harbor and to guard against attacks directed against the castle from the landward approach. The tower was built in the year 1226, when the Seljuk Sultan Ala'addin Keykubad commissioned it from the architect Abu Ali of Aleppo, in present-day Syria. The architect's name is recorded in the inscription on the north facade of the tower. On the south facade a second inscription is dedicated to Ala'addin Keykubad, exalting and praising him as "ruler of the nations, the sultan of all the sultans of the world, guardian of justice, the sovereign of the land and the two seas [the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea], and the helper of Muslims." The tower is 29 meters in diameter and 33 meters tall. Above the first floor is a gallery consisting of small rooms that open onto a narrow corridor with a low ceiling running the full circumference of the tower. The second, third, and fourth floors of the tower are constructed as open terraces.The second floor, located just above the gallery, contains an open courtyard surrounded by sixteen large vaulted rooms - two along each of the eight sides of the octagonal structure. The third floor is similarly arranged around a central terrace, but this time with three smaller rooms situated along each of the eight sides of the tower. The fourth floor features defensive crenellations formed from alternating shields and apertures, accessible via a walkway that allows one to circumnavigate the tower .This monumental work of military architecture was restored between 1951-53 and is presently used to house a museum display on the art and architecture of the Seljuk period.

Address: Alanya Harbour, Red Tower, Alanya, Antalya
Tel: +90 0242 513 32 55


SİDE MUSEUM 


Located in Side town of Manavgat District 8 km from Manavgat. Ancient agora bath from A.D. 5-6th centuries, dating from Roman Age, was restored in 1960/61 and converted into a museum. The majority of exhibits in the museum are the ruins discovered by Prof. Dr. Arif Müfid Mansel in excavations during 1947-1967, in the ancient town of Side. There are inscriptions, weapon embossing from Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Periods, sculptures which are Roman Period copies of Greek originals, torsos, temples, tomb steles, portraits, ostotecs and column pedestals on exhibition in the museum. 

Address: Side, Manavgat, Antalya
Tel:  +90 0242 753 10 06 


ANTALYA TOY MUSEUM 


A new toy museum has opened in the southern province of Antalya, displaying 3,000 toys from the 1860s to the present. “There are some 150 toy museums in the world. This museum is opening in the city of Santa Claus and is one of the most successful ones in the world,” Sunay Akın, a writer and the owner of the Istanbul Toy Museum, said at the opening, which coincided with April 23 Children’s Day. Akın is a consultant for the new museum, which opened in the city’s historical Kaleiçi district and is being supported by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality. The Antalya Toy Museum presents toys that have been collected from Turkey and around the world; some of the toys on display are hundreds of years old. Guests of the museum are welcomed by the cartoon character Red Kit, his dog, Rin Tin Tin, and their enemy, the Dalton Brothers. They also see toys recalling the Stone Age, the Space Age and other epochs. The museum also presents automobile and animal figures whose production began in the 1950s, as well as wooden toys made by Anatolian children. Other objects in the museum include small figurines of well-known film people such as Elvis Presley and Cher, as well as the heroes of films like “Casablanca,” “Gone with the Wind” and “King Kong.”

Address:  İskele Street, Kaleiçi Yat Limanı (Old City Marina), Antalya
Tel: +90 0 242 248 49 33 


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