Konya Archeology Museum was opened for the first time in 1901 in the building at the southwest corner of the Karma Secondary School. In 1927, the works were moved to the Mevlana Museum to be exhibited. The artifacts, which were taken from here in 1953 and moved to the İplikçi Mosque, have been moved to the present Archeology Museum building since 1962 and put into service.
Starting from the Neolithic age, artifacts belonging to the Old Bronze, Middle Bronze (Assyrian Trade Colonies), Iron (Phrygian, Urartian), Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras are exhibited in our museum.
Our museum in the exhibit hall prehistoric artifacts from the Neolithic (6500 B.C – 5300) age terracotta pots unearthed during excavations in the mound of Çatalhöyük Flint and Obsidian to mastering systematic Arrow and spearheads, daggers, mirrors, and cutting tools, stone axes made of stone and bone, women's ornaments are exhibited. The Old Bronze (B.C 3000 -1950), various forms of brightly polished terracotta pots, January coasters, boot-shaped pots, weights, and rattles found in the infiltration and Karahöyük excavations belonging to the era are exhibited. Again in the same exhibition hall, the Middle Bronze (Assyrian Trade Colonies) unearthed in the excavations of Karahöyük, rhyton vessels made of terracotta, orchards, grape cluster-shaped oil lamps, bronze axes, daggers, sickles, chisels, and stone cylinders seals and stamp seals made of bronze from 1950-1750 B.C are exhibited.
In the Iron Age (8-6 centuries B.C) exhibition hall of our museum, Phrygian pot fragments found in the Konya Alaaddin Hill excavation and Phrygian terracotta pots decorated with geometric patterns from the Kıcıkışla mound, located 20 kilometers north of Karapınar district, are exhibited. In the same hall, black glossy painted imported kylix, lekythos, aryballos, alabastron, and oinochoe with figures from the classical period (480-330 B.C) works are exhibited. In addition, in this exhibition hall, there are terracotta jugs, plates, and bowls made in various forms belonging to the Hellenistic age (330-30 B.C).
The most striking display hall of Konya Archeology Museum is the Roman Age (30 B.C - 395 A.D) hall. There are 6 sarcophagi made of high-quality marbles in this hall. The most important of the sarcophagi is the Sarcophagus of Heracles, which was found in Yunuslar Village, Beyşehir district. The 12 hard work of Heracles, known as a demigod in Greek mythology, is described on the Heracles sarcophagus, which is dated to 250-260 B.C. Other sarcophagi are columnar, girland, and pamhliya type sarcophagi made of extremely high-quality marble. In the Roman exhibition hall, a statue of Poseidon, a statuette of Aphrodite, the god of health, male and female busts of Asclepius, terracotta sarcophagi, oil lamps, perfume bottles, glass perfume bottles, bracelets, gold rings and earrings, and an ivory comb are exhibited. In addition, the gods and goddess figures made of bronze and the bull figurine are located in the Roman period section. The floor mosaics dating back to the 6th century A.D, which were found in Tatköy Monastery Excavation and Alibeyhöyük Church Excavations, were removed from the excavation site and moved to the Archeology Museum, restored, and exhibited in the Roman exhibition hall.
Marble and stone works are usually exhibited in the garden located in the front part of the Museum Building. There are architectural fragments, columns, column capitals, sarcophagi, grave steles, grave lions, larnaks, and altar stones belonging to the Roman and Byzantine eras.
The museum building is located in Konya Central Meram District, Sahibata Neighborhood, No 91, Sahibata Street.