Museums in IzmirEdit This
Izmir is rich in history. Originally settled by the Greeks under the
name of Smyrna, Izmir, with its strategic location off of the Aegean
Sea, has been a key port and city for thousands of years. Not
surprisingly, Izmir is full of museums, and they offer some of the most
exciting and interesting exhibits in the region.
Izmir's Archaeological Museum was opened to the public in 1984. It's filled with exhibits that showcase artifacts that go back as far as the very first days of ancient Smyrna. With more than 1,500 artifacts on display, you can easily spend a day wandering around the halls of this museum. The Archaeological Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday.
Located right next to the Archaeological Museum, the Ethnographical Museum's exhibits are focused on the daily life of the 19th century inhabitants of this area. While much smaller than its neighbor, the Ethnographical Museum is still fascinating, and well worth checking out.
Museum of History and Art
in 2004, this museum displays artifacts showcasing the historical
culture and art of Izmir. Primary displays include stone works, ceramic
works and valuable items. Items are on display from the Classic,
Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods, to name a few. Some of the most
interesting finds in this museum are in the valuable items
section, which houses a number of beautiful gold and silver artifacts,
such as ancient coins and jewelry.
Museum of Arts and Sculpture
Opened in 1952, the Museum of Arts and Sculpture is a great showcase for Turkish artists, past and present. A great place to go if history is not the only thing you're interested in.