Niğde Museum

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Niğde, a city of the Central Anatolian Region, bears witness to a continuous habitation from the Paleolithic Period right up to the modern day. There is much evidence of the groups and civilisations involved in thousands of years of cultural accumulation. In museums can be found irrefutable proof of these cultures and civilisations and a wealth of unique artworks are restored, protected anddis played therein. In this context the Niğde Museum of Anatolian Archaeology is a good example of the variety and distinction of the artworks to be found. The Museum in Niğde has its origins in 1939 when operations began in the Akmedrese. During the Second World War the madrasa was used as a storage facility for the Istanbul Museum of Archaeology. After restoration Niğde Museum was established in 1957; it was opened to visitors and began its own displays and exhibitions. The museum was moved to a new building in 1977 and its first exhibition there opened on the 20th November 1982. This continued until the 16th November 1999. Realising there was a need to display the many and unique objects found in ongoing excavations in a contemporary and sympathetic way the museum underwent an overhaul. On completion of these works the museum opened to the public again on the 20th November 2001. The latest exhibition was entered by the Ministry as a candidate for “European Museum of the Year 2003”. And although it was short listed by the committee that came from Germany and France it did not win an award. This year it has been selected as a pilot case by the US World Culture Heritage Protection Fund, one of the aims of the project is to re-render all the artefacts in a digital format. This process is an example of how Turkish museums are progressing. In the Niğde Museum can be found 6 salons that present the archaeology of Central Anatolia chronologically. The vast majority of the artefacts on display are from ongoing excavations in the region.


Mounted next to one another are Obsidian tools found at the excavations in the region at Pınarbaşı Mound, Köşk Mound, Tepecik Mound and the Kaletepe Obsidian Workshop from the Neolithic Period. Also from the significant central site at Köşk Mound; unique artefacts, tomb remains, statues of gods and goddesses, anthropomorphic vases from the “Köşk Mound Chalcolithic House” dated to 4883 B.C. For this reason the salon is known as the “Köşk Mound Salon”.


In the first large display cabinet at the entrance to the gallery are mounted items used in metalwork found at the excavation at Göltepe Mound (in Celaller Village in the Çamardı District) and from the ancient tin mine located opposite at Kestel dating from the Early Bronze Age (the third millennium B.C.). Also in this display cabinet are artefacts brought from the excavations at Acem Mound and Darboğaz town in Ulukışla. In the second large display cabinet are palace findings that emerged from the important Assyrian Trade Colonies Period site at Acem Mound (Puruşhanda).


The “Late Hittite-Phrygian Salon” (First Millennium B.C.). Here are displayed storm and fertility god stellae, books written in Hittite hieroglyphics, findings from the Kaynarca Tumulus, Phrygian period ceramics and the “Göllüdağ Lion”. These all originate from the kingdoms of Nahita and Tuvanuva belonging to the Late Hittite states that sprung up in Anatolia after the collapse of the Hittite Empire.


Dedicated to remains from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Period. In one section of the Salon are to be found: remains from Tepebağları, Porsuk Mound and Acemhöyük, all within the provincial boundary and purchased or acquired on the way fired earth and glass artefacts, seals, Roman statues and Byzantine artefacts. In the other section are displayed statue-making implements and tomb stellae unearthed at Tyana and belonging to the Period of the Roman Empire in the 2nd Century A.D.


Coins and Mummies are on display.

A - Coin Section:

The production of coins and general information is given on 2 panels. In 6 large wall-mounted display-cabinets are displayed in chronological order: Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic-Ottoman coins along with Seljuk silver treasures and treasures from Tepebağları that was part of the Cappadocian Kingdom.

B – Mummy Section:

 On display are the “Nun Mummy” (11th C. A.D.) found in the Ihlara Valley at Aksaray and the four baby mummies (14th C. A.D.) that were removed from the Çanlı (Bell) Church.


The “Ethnographical Artefacts Salon”. Ethnographic cultural items, from the region recovered from the ground, are introduced in this salon, including: weapons, hand-printed cloth, writing sets, lamps and lights, carpets and rugs, banners, jewellery and alongside remains of the İlhani period, a tray belonging to Kachar Turks. There is also an oriental corner.

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08:30-17:30 Saturday 08:30-17:30 Sunday 08:30-17:30
Box Office Closed 17:15
08:30-17:30 Saturday 08:30-17:30 Sunday 08:30-17:30
Box Office Closed 17:15

65 and over - Turkish citizens Free
Children ages 0-8 - Non-Turkish Citizens Free
Children ages 0-18 - Citizens of Turkey Free
Students (Studying art history, archaeology and museum departments in university) Free
All Adults (International and Turkish) 20.00TL
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Niğde Museum Yukarı Kayabaşı, Dışarı Cami Sk. No:11, 51000 Merkez/Niğde
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