Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum
JOURNEY TO HISTORY WITH VIRTUAL TOURS
Anatolian Civilizations Museum, which has been home to the original works of Anatolian lands since the Paleolithic Age, consists of two historical buildings. These are the Mahmutpaşa Bedesten and Kurşunlu Han, which are Ottoman period buildings. Restored and renovated in 2014, this museum offers you a journey into history with virtual tours, animations, and T-shaped replicas and artifacts in Göbeklitepe.
From the Roman bath to the museum, the story of Ankara's first museum dates back to 1921. Hittite artifacts began to be collected from all over the country with the idea of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk to establish an Eti Museum in the center. The Cultural Director of the period, Galip Bey, took the first step by transforming the Akkale Bastion of Ankara Castle, the Temple of Augustus and the Roman Bath into a museum. When the limited area of Akkale was not enough, the restoration of the idle Mahmutpaşa Bedesteni and Kurşunlu Han near Ankara Castle was started. The restoration, which started in 1938, was completed in 1968. While the buildings were being repaired, the middle part of the covered bazaar was opened to visitors in 1943. It sheds light on the history of Anatolia. In the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which was selected as the "Museum of the Year in Europe" in 1997 and is one of the few museums in the world with unique collections, the artifacts are exhibited in chronologically separated sections. In the upper hall, there are Paleolithic Age, Chalcolithic Age, Old Bronze Age, Assyrian Trade Colonies Age, Old Hittite, and Hittite Imperial Age, Phrygian Kingdom, Late Hittite Kingdom, Urartu Kingdom, and in the lower hall, Ankara through the Ages and Classical Ages sections are located. While you arrived at it, you can climb to the top of Ankara Castle and watch the birds fly over the city, and you can also visit the Rahmi M. Koç Museum in the region. You can sip your drink and have your breakfast against the view at the And Cafe in a historical building in Kaleiçi. In the evening, you can attend the concerts at the Erimtan Archeology and Art Museum in this region.