Çetin Culture Village Museum

Nazmiye and Ayhan Çetin realized their childhood means of the village museum Project, which was established in Selçuk, with handmade dolls and model villages. The Çetin couple describes their statuettes and models with all their rituals in their village Akviran in 1950’s when they lived. It gives an opportunity of a nice journey in the past to its visitors. There are doll examples, models and sculptures in the museum. These reflect the Daily life, customs and traditions of villages of Western Anatolia, and the forgotten children’s games. Also at the museum compositions like, the situation in front during the War of Independence, the devastated poor villages at the back of front, the convoys carrying food and ammunition to front, oxcart of Elif are placed. Apart from these, also folklore teams of different parts in Anatolia like Silifke, Ağrı kadın (Ağrı woman), Ege kadın (Aegean woman), Ege zeybek (Aegean zeibek), the Nasrettin Hodja jokes like “Ye kürküm ye” (Good feathers make fine birds), “Parayı veren düdüğü çalar” (Who pays the piper calls the tune) and the composition describing the stone age revive in these mini models.


Çetin Museum of Cultural Village is formed of two parts. You find yourself in a real village atmosphere as soon as you step off the garden. If you would not know they are non-living, you would think that you have come to a real village when you zoom out. The village women, who spin wool, weave rugs in a room, masters who beat iron in another room; in the other room, tinsmiths, blacksmiths and… These models in actual sizes make visitors experience past one to one by applying active-voice system.


Interior part that forms the second part of the museum creates some another kind of confusion in people. Customs and traditions such as requesting girl, wedding, engagement, military send-off, the sacrifice purchase, hitting bottle, playing the bear, circumcision, and some rituals belonging to Anatolia such as making car and toy from wires, herding sheep, field ploughing, processing of crop, hunting, milling, blacksmithing, plumber, making or selling earthenware water jugs, farriery, women’s winter preparation, sheep shearing, sheep milking, carpet and rug weaving, shopping from a paddler, shopping from a caravan, mosques and carrying water to houses are processed with all of their finest details.