A Day Full of Museums

Izmir is a city that is home to rich museums exhibiting many findings from Roman period to Republican period. If you are into history, culture, cultural heritage and art, you won't even notice how time passes as you visit museums that are located mostly in the city center.

 

In Konak; State Painting and Sculpture Museum, İzmir Archaeology Museum, İzmir Ethnography Museum, Ismet Inonu House, Police Memorial House, Izmir History and Art Museum, Izmir Ataturk Museum, Izmir Trade History Museum, Ahmet Pristina City Library and Museum, Music Museum and Sound Library, Selçuk Yaşar Museum and Art Gallery, Natural Stones and Technology Museum, National Railway Museum, Izmir Radio and Democracy Museum, Joy and Cartoon Museum, Izmir Mask Museum, Izmir Women's Museum, Latife Hanım Mansion in Uşakiza, Izmir Press Museum;

 

In Bornova; Ege University Museum of Natural History, Ege University Book and Paper Art Museum, Sirkehane - Ege University Balkans and Anatolia Clothing Museum, Arkas Maritime History Museum,

In Karşıyaka; Latife Hanım Mansion Memorial House, Hamza Rustam Photo House, Museum of Communication, Museum of Science;

In İnciraltı, Maritime Museum are among the museums that must be seen.

 

Community Painting and Sculptures Museum, Art Gallery

Address: Mithatpaşa Caddesi, Konak

Open Hours: Summer Period: 8.00-17.00 / Winter Period: 8.30-17.30

 

This museum is a three-storey building in Konak next to the Atatürk Culture Center. In addition to the museum part there are also two exhibition halls. In the Museum are courses on ornamentation, miniature, ceramics, marbling, silver-gilt threading, felt and other traditional handcrafts.

 

Izmir Archeology Museum - Museum of Izmir

Address: Birleşmiş Milletler Caddesi, Konak

Open Hours: Summer Period: 8.30-19.00 / Winter Period: 8.00-17.00

 

This museum was formed in 1984 in the Bahri Baba Park in Konak, and spans 5 thousand square meters. In the middle floor there is the Works of Stone Hall. In this hall there are large statues, busts, portraits and masks. One of the most fascinating artifacts in the Izmir Archeology Museum is the marble “Androklos Statue” dated to Roman times. It is believed to belong to Ephesus’ founder Androklos.On the top floor is the Ord. Prof. Ekrem Akurgal Ceramic Pieces Hall, which is chronologically ordered. There are many artifacts found in several excavations from the Prehistoric Era to the Byzantine period displayed in this hall.

 

The “Bronze Running Athlete Statue” and “Bronze Demether Statue”, both found sunken in the Aegean Sea are some of the museum's main attractions. The Treasure Room is on the same floor as the bronze statues in another of the main attractions. There are coins from the Archaic, Classic, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Periods. There are also decorations made of gold, silver and gemstones and glassware from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Eras. In the museum there are audial and visual guide systems. You can acquire earphones from reception free of charge.

 

Izmir Ethnography Museum

Address: Birleşmiş Milletler Caddesi, Konak

Open Hours: Summer Period: 8.30-17.30 / Winter Period: 8.00-17.00

 

The Ethnography Museum, which is in the same area as the Archeology Museum was built in the 19th century in a style similar to Neo Classical. It carries signs of Byzantine decoration, and was built by the French as the St. Roch Hospital and monastery for those with the plague. Building blocks and marble gravestones were brought from Ephesus. In 1984 the Ministry of Culture and Tourism took it over in order to reform it into an Ethnography Museum.

 

In the Ethnography Museum you may find signs of the 19th century social life of Izmir and its surrounding area. Nearly extinct arts like horseshoe making, tinsmithing, pottery, evil eye bead smithing, woodprinting, carpet weaving, ropesmithing, point lacing and leathercraft are enacted and presented by mannequins. The first Turkish Pharmacy (Ittihat Eczanesi), 19th century brides room, sitting room, circumcision room, kitchenware, Aegean bridal veils, decorations for ladies and babies of different origin are viewed with great interest by the visitors.

 

Umran Baradan Games and Toys Museum

Address: Halil Rıfat Paşa Caddesi No:31 Varyant, Konak

Open Hours: 09.00-17.00

Free Hours.

 

Izmir’s first toy museum, which is one of Turkey's few, was opened in the Konak Municipality in 2004.   The world famous ceramic artist and painter from Izmir, Umran Baradan, displays the toys she has collected from various countries and the paintings of talented children who won her contests. The museum, with contributions from writer and poet Sunay Akın, the founder of the Istanbul Toy Museum, features tin, wood, paper and plastic toys from the 1850s to the 1970s. The two-storey museum also features an authentic Turkish family room.

 

İsmet İnönü’s House

Adres: Türk YılmazMahallesi, İsmet İnönü Sokağı (842 Sokak), Mekke Yokuşu No: 20, Konak

 

The founder of the Turkish Republic Atatürk’s closest brother in arms, Turkey’s second President of the Republic Ismet Inönü was born in this house in 1884. In that house ceremonies are held for Ismet Inönü’s birthday (September 24), death anniversary (December 25th) and the anniversary of the signing of Lausanne Peace Treaty (July 24). The street, where the house is, has been named Inönü Street by the Municipality in the year 2000. In the house there are Inönü’s belongings and clothing.

 

Izmir History and Arts Museum

Address: Kültürpark (Montrö Entrance)

 

It takes up a total of 13 thousand 320 square meters. On the one floor are the Stone Pieces Area, the Ceramic Pieces Area and the Precious Pieces Area.

 

Statues, Embossments, pieces of sculpt from the Archaic, Classic, Hellenistic and Roman Eras collected from Ruins in Izmir and its area and plastic pieces based on these are displayed here.

 

The only piece of Classic Era sculpt in the museum is the statue believed to be of Homeros, displayed at the entrance.

 

The busts and figurines extracted from the Izmir Agora, the Artemis - Poseidon - Demether Embossment, the statue depicting the Lake God Kaistros (which is one of the most valued artifacts of the Roman Era), scriptures dug up during the Basmane Metro Station’s construction, various statues unearthed in the Metropolis Dig, the Metropolis Hall where there are circular and rectangular altars, Friezes from the Teos Dionysos Temple and embossments from the Miletos Theater, busts from Hellenistic and Roman Eras, embossments from the Belevi Graveyard Memorial, findings and pieces of ceramic from Prehistoric settlements to the Byzantine Era may all be seen. In the Precious Pieces Area, there are oil lamps and figurines, glass pieces, bronze pieces, the treasure room and the coin display.

 

Izmir Ataturk Museum

The museum that is located on the 1st Kordon - Atatürk Street was built as a house between the years of 1875-1880. It is one of the finest examples of the 19th century neoclassical form. Atatürk carried out his private matters here on February 17, 1923, when Izmir Economy Congress was gathered. The building was once used as a hotel.  Atatürk stayed here when he came to the city between 1930 - 1934. Therefore, the structure is called "Gazi (Veteran) Mansion."

 

In the museum, the meeting room, study room, bedroom, guest room, barber room, aide room, waiting - reception room, library, dining room and bathroom that Atatürk used can be seen.

 

Izmir Commerce History Museum

Address: Cumhuriyet Bulvarı, No: 89, Pasaport

Open Hours: Weekdays between 8.30-17.30

 

The Izmir Commerce History Museum, which was formed in 2003, shows the city’s identity and its history, molded with commerce and culture through archeological and ethnographic pieces. This museum, in which the Izmir Chamber of Commerce also resides, can be toured virtually online.

 

In the museum is a bread stamp, to show that bread in the Byzantine did go through quality control. The model displaying 18th century Izmir and its neighborhoods is viewed by the visitors with great interest.

 

Ahmet Piriştina City Archives and Museum (APIKAM)

Address: Şair Eşref Bulvarı, No: 1/A, Çankaya

Open Hours: Summer Period: 8.30-17.30 / Winter Period: 8.00-17.00

 

This building, which has served as the Izmir Fire Department between the years 1932 – 2001 started service as the City Archive and Museum in 2004. This building, which carries the name of Izmir’s mayor of the time, Ahmet Piriştina, also fulfills the role of archives.

 

In the bookstore section, you may find books printed by the Izmir Municipality Bookstore about all sorts of different aspects of Izmir and with much detailed information on Izmir’s history.

 

In the Museum courtyard most of the National Library’s periodicals and newspapers are sold. In the Museum there are 1440 volumes in Ottoman Turkish, nearly 8 thousand newspapers printed in Latin and 5 thousand handwritten works, all open to researchers.

 

In the Museum’s digital archives there are many photographs, images, posters, documents and materials from daily life, passed down through the generations, donated by the people of Izmir to form Izmir’s memory. These are also open for researchers to make use of.

 

Ege University History of Nature Museum

Address: Ege University, Bornova

Open Hours: 13.00-16.00

Open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

 

It is the second largest of its kind in our country. It is also Turkey’s first academic museum, with the master's program and research staff. This museum, spanning 2 thousand 500 square meters, has two floors. Within the paleontology, rocks and minerals, birds, general zoology and evolution and compared osteology galleries you will find prehistoric fossils of plants and animals as well as marks of humans in the first age. In the Museum are 10 – 15 million year old animal fossils and 350 million year old plant fossils and invertebrate fossils. There is also a footprint from a human thought to have lived 10 thousand years ago and a two thousand year old elephant skeleton.

 

Music Museum and Sound Library - MUZIKSEV

Address: Atatürk Caddesi, Alsancak

Open Hours:

1 May-31 August

Monday to Friday: 10.00-18.00-Saturday:10.00-15.00

1 September-30 April

Tuesday to Friday: 10.00-18.00/Saturday-Sunday: 10.00-15.00

 

The Music Museum and Sound Library (MUZIKSEV) is in an old Izmir house across from the Alsancak Station, and was opened in 2006. It is the only one of its kind in our country. It is a museum in which especially modern Turkish composers’ valuable notes and books on music can be kept, and a place where people getting musical education, musicologists and everyone interested in music can benefit from. In the museum the Traditional Turkish Musical Instruments Collection is on display. In the exhibition area of MUZIKSEV, decorations and costumes from the International Izmir Festival’s 29-year journey can be seen and operas from the festival can be watched.

 

Selçuk Yaşar Museum and Art Gallery

Adres: Cumhuriyet Bulvarı, No: 252, Alsancak

Open Hours: Summer Period: 10.00-18.00 (Closed on weekends.)/Winter Period: 10.30-18.30, Saturday: 12.00-18.00 (Closed on Sundays)

 

This museum was opened in 1985 by Izmir businessman Selcuk Yasar in an old Izmir mansion. It is Turkey’s first private gallery. The ground floor is the gallery, while the top floor is for the museum’s permanent pieces. A large portion of the museum has pictures from Selçuk Yaşar's Collection, and there are also paintings that won the DYO painting competition, which has been held since 1967.

 

State Railways - TCDD Museum

Address: Atatürk Caddesi, Alsancak (In front of the Alsancak Station)

Open Hours: 09.00-17.00

Free admission.

 

This museum is in a 19th century Levanten building across from the Alsancak Terminal building. It is made of stone and has two floors. In this building, which was restored by the State Railways and turned into a museum, there are objects, documents, records and photographs from stations in the area, especially the first station Aydın Kasaba. This museum, which attracts the attention of train and railway enthusiasts, may be visited every day except for Sunday.

 

Natural Stones and Their Technologies Museum

Address: Lozan Kapısı girişi, Kültürpark

 

Turkey owns 40% of the world's marble reserves. Every march, Izmir holds one of the world's five largest marble expositions, the Marble International Natural Stones and Their Technologies Expo. This museum was opened in 2007 in order to display the beauty and variety of marbles brought in from all around the country. The building is also known as the Pakistan Pavilion. In the museum, 300 pieces are displayed in rotation.

 

İnciraltı Naval Museum

Open Hours: 09.00-12.00/13.30-17.00

 

After their active duty, the Aegean Frigate and the Piri Reis submarine were converted into a museum. After cooperation between the Izmir Municipality and the Southern Sea Area Command, it was opened to the public in 2007. Inside are a gallery, conference halls and the Naval Scouts dockyard. It welcomes people of all ages who are interested in seafaring.

 

Ege University Book and Paper Arts Museum

Address: Gençlik Caddesi, No:4, Bornova

Open Hours: 09.00-17.00

 

In Turkeys first Book and Paper Arts Museum, there are examples of many stages of paper and print, from producing the paper to using it for art. The museum building, which was purchased by the Aegean University in 1970, is a Levanten mansion from the second half of the 19th century. The mansion with its ceiling molding and plaster ornaments in the center are very attention grabbing. The mansion was opened as the Book and Paper Arts Museum in 2012. In the museum are over 700 pieces displayed.

 

Sirkehane – Ege University Balkan and Anatolian Clothing Museum

Address: Fevzi Çakmak Caddesi, No: 33, Bornova

Open Hours: 09.00-17.00  

 

The building, known as Sirkehane these days, is believed to be built by a Greek family between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. After restorations were completed in 2010, it was made the Ege University Balkan and Anatolian Clothing Museum. This museum is the first in Turkey to be opened in a university in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture. It consists of two separate buildings.

 

In the showroom are 100 mannequins presenting traditional clothing of Anatolia, Thrace and Balkan countries. On the tables are traditional handcrafts, belts, buckles, frontons and women's hoods. In this area, there is jewelry as well as traditional clothing from twelve Balkan countries. Traditional household appliances are on display in the kitchen section.

 

In the building in the yard there are examples of traditional musical instruments from Anatolian, Balkan and Caucasian countries.

 

Police Memorial House

Police Memorial House, located at Mezarlıkbaşı, on the Eşrefpaşa Street exit from Anafartalar Street, was built on 1913. It has been known as Izmir Police Memorial House or Anafartalar Police Station since 2004. Consisting of a variety of materials used for many years by the police force, Police Memorial House hosts firearms that police used on duty, radios, typewriters, clothes, photographs and documents.

 

Izmir Radio and Democracy Museum

Address: Altınordu Mahallesi, 967 Sokak, No: 16, Altınpark, Basmane

Open Hours: 09:00-17:00

Free admission.

 

One of the boutique museums opened by the Konak Municipality, was opened after renovating the two-storey house donated by Fahrettin Çemşir. In the museum are old style radios from 1920 onward, acquired through donation.

 

Museum of Joy and The Comics

Address: Yüzbaşı Şerafettin Bey Sokak, No: 9, Alsancak

Open Hours: 10.00-19.00

Free Admission

 

This museum, prepared by the Konak Municipality taking an old mansion in Alsancak and renovating it, was opened in 2012. It was designed to be relaxing as visitors toured it, and it features the work of people who represent Turkish humor. In the museum the works of leading people in Turkish comics, including Eflatun Nuri and Güngör Kabakçıoğlu are archived. For students interested in caricature there are also workshops. The museum library shows Turkish and world humor in written and visual form; in books, albums, catalogs, brochures, magazines, records, ephemeras etc. for researchers.

 

In the museum store there are drawings of souvenirs with iconic comic characters on them. The museum is a few steps away from one of Alsancak’s busiest places, Kıbrıs Şehitleri Street.

 

Izmir Mask Museum

Address: 1448 Sokak, No: 22, Alsancak

Open Hours: 10.00-19.00

Closed on Mondays.

Free admission.

 

One of the boutique museums opened by the Konak Municipality, it is formed of two floors excluding the ground floor. On the ground floor there is a cafeteria and resting area, the first floor is ethnic masks and the second floor is Anatolian picks, mark leavers, the gallery and workshop.

 

In The Ones Who Left Their Mark section of the museum there are masks of Ataturk, Mehmet Akif Ersoy, Ismet Inönü, Aşık Veysel, Nazım Hikmet, Atilla İlhan and others. In the Anatolian Picks hall there are the Kalo Gağan and Kose Geli Masks still used in rituals, and costumes. The workshop gives education.

 

Konak Municipality Izmir Women's Museum

Address: 1298 Sokak, No: 14, Basmane

Open Hours: 09:00-17:00

Closed on Mondays.

Free Admission.

 

Being one of Izmir’s boutique museums, it is also Turkey’s first women’s museum. This museum, in one of Izmir’s oldest districts Basmane, has a temporary exhibition hall, video art, women through the ages, Anatolian women from ancient history, female pioneers, collection pieces, women and protest, installation room etc. Every room is for a different concept.

 

Uşakizade Latife Hanım Mansion

Address: Mithat Paşa Caddesi No: 687-689, Köprü

 

The Uşakizade Mansion was built by Mr. Uşakizade Sadık in Göztepe, Izmir in 1860. Veteran Mustafa Kemal came to Uşakizade Mansion in 1922 and for a while used it as “Supreme Headquarters”.

 

Veteran Mustafa Kemal married Lady Latife with a wedding held in this mansion on January 29, 1923. The wedding pioneered todays civilized weddings.

 

In 2001 Uşakizade Mansion was converted into a museum.

 

Latife Hanım Mansion Memorial House

Address: Latife Hanım Caddesi No: 32, Karşıyaka

Open Hours: 09.00 - 12.00 - 12.30 - 18.00

Closed on Mondays.

 

The Latife Hanım Mansion carries great moral value because it was the place where the Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s mother Lady Zübeyde spent the last days of her life. In the building there are objects from that time and wax statues of Ataturk, Lady Zübeyde and Lady Latife. It is said that the two cypress trees planted in the garden, near the entrance were planted for Atatürk and Lady Latife.

 

Hamza Rüstem Photography House

Address: 6522 Sok. No:8 Yalı Mah. Mavişehir-Karşıyaka

Open Hours: 09.00-12.00/13.00-18.00

Pazartesi günleri ziyarete kapalıdır.

 

In the museum you can find the archive and collection of one of Izmir’s most deeply rooted photography studios, Hamza Rüstem Photography House, which has almost 100 years of history. In the museum are original cameras, photos, various photography equipment and supplies on display. There is also a special area dedicated to Hamza Rüstem’s personal belongings.

 

Bornova City Archive and Museum

Built in the 18th century and also known as the Dramalılar Mansion, the structure is over 2 thousand 452 square meters. The museum, which has been arranged as Bornova City Archive and opened to visit with the exhibition "Life in Bornova from Past to Present," has the feeling of the mansion life of the past. Exhibitions on sports, education, agriculture, trade and industry from past to present, as well as kitchen, hamam (Turkish bath), and living room depictions of the past can be seen in the museum.