Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum, which is the only museum in our country and one of the few in the world in the field of Underwater Archeology, is located in Bodrum Castle. Bodrum Underwater Archeology Museum, which has been serving since 1964 has a rich collection of underwater artifacts dating back from the 16th century AD to 16th century BC. Most of these artifacts were unearthed during underwater excavations carried out on the shores of our country since 1960. In addition to underwater finds, land finds that shed light on the history of the Bodrum Peninsula are also exhibited in the museum.
The Late Bronze Age Shipwrecks Hall, Serçelimanı Glass Shipwreck Hall, Tektaş Shipwreck Hall, Bozukkale Archaic Shipwreck Hall and Yassıada Shipwrecks Hall, located in the museum, bring the unique finds from shipwrecks together as well as the information on shipbuilding techniques and maritime trade in their respective periods. Uluburun Shipwreck, dated to the Late Bronze Age (14th century BC), is accepted as the greatest discovery of the 20th century in underwater archeology, as a symbol of the rich variety of finds and the earliest period of long-distance international maritime trade. In the Serçelimanı Glass Wreck Exhibition, you can see the largest glass group from Syria, the most important Islamic glass production center of the Middle Ages, and glass scrap collected for recycling a thousand years ago.
In the Amphora Exhibition section of the museum, which has one of the largest amphora collections in the world, major amphorae used in various parts of the Mediterranean world form the 16th century AD to the 12th century BC are exhibited.
The birth of underwater archeology in Türkiye for the first time in the world thanks to the sponge divers from Bodrum and the adventure of the pioneers of underwater archeology are presented to the visitors at the Underwater Archeology History Exhibition.
Early Bronze Age Necropolis Hall, Müsgebi Necropolis Hall, Halikarnassos East Necropolis Hall, Karian Princess Hall and Pedasa Hall are the halls where land finds shedding light on the history of Bodrum Peninsula are exhibited. The rich finds of the Müsgebi Necropolis constitute the richest collection of Mycenaean culture among the museums of our country. Most of the works in these halls meet with visitors for the first time.
Other visiting areas in the museum are Amphora Warehouse Exhibition, Kale Mosque/Chapel, Turkish Bath, Ball Exhibition, Altars and Stone Works exhibitions.
Bodrum Castle, in which the museum is located, was built in the name of St. Petros. It was built by The Knights Hospitaller at the beginning of the 15th century. There is an exhibition hall in the English Tower where the construction stages of the castle and the knights are explained. The Castle includes the ruins of the Ancient Period on which it was built, the buildings from The Knights Hospitaller Period which reflects the monumental art, architectural and technical characteristics of 15th century Europe (Gothic), and the constructures built during the Ottoman Period. Being an important monument with its multi-layered historical structure, Bodrum Castle is on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.