The City of Arts and Culture

Experience a life full of art and culture…


İzmir is full of museums, cultural centers and its socio-cultural calendar is packed with events, exhibitions and festivals all year round.


İzmir’s Archeology Museum which is a short walk up the hill from Konak contains a fine collection of Greek and Roman artifacts. Next door to the Archeology Museum is the Ethnography Museum, originally built in 1831 as St. Roche Hospital. The lovely 4 story stone building houses colorful displays of local arts and crafts.


Museums in İzmir appeal to every interest and taste from İzmir Museum of History and Arts, İzmir Museum of Painting and Sculpture to specialty museums like İzmir Mask Museum, Game and Toy Museum, Railroad Museum and İnciraltı Naval Museum. In addition to the museums, a dozen old and renovated mansions now being used as bright and equipped cultural centers host countless exhibitions, concerts and screenings.


The calendar for the art events is filled to the brink. The International İzmir Festival, İzmir European Jazz Festival, International İzmir Short Film Festival, International Puppetry Festival, more than 80 year old International İzmir Fair, International Natural Stone and Technology Fair and Organic Products Fair are among the events with the highest participation.