Archaeological Museum of Izmir

Archaeological Museum of Izmir

Archaeological Museum of Izmir
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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This museum houses many fine sculptures and antiquities discovered in Izmir and other neighboring ancient cities.
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Diana A
Perm, Russia99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Boring, in bad condition. Big part of exhibition is not even old - just poor quality replicated pieces. I would say you can skip this museum - not worth spending time on.
Written August 17, 2023
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Maryam
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It’s all about old izmir, Roma civilization, don’t forget to visit the backyard, half of the museum is at the back, that seems abandoned….
Written April 17, 2023
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Jesse
Eindhoven, The Netherlands1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
For a city with a rich history as Izmir, this museum was a deception. The collection is small, the building heavily aged and overall it’s not very well maintained.
Written October 26, 2021
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Claudia Țuclea
Bucharest, Romania20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
I was not impressed by this museum. Considering what Smyrna meant in antiquity, this museum is not representative. It is small, with insufficient explanations.The Byzantine period is almost absent from this museum.
Written February 15, 2020
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Süphan Erkan
Konya, Türkiye12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
İZMİR ARCHEOLOGY MUSEUM 8500 İzmir, the pearl of the Aegean, witnessed many civilizations, from the Hittites to the Ionians, from the Lydians to the Persians, from the Hellenes to the Romans, and from the Byzantines to the Ottomans, and this has long been a trace of the province. Izmir, which was known as “Smyrna” in the past and is said to choose its name from an Amazon queen, can choose to choose İzmir Archeology Museum from Konak Square, where the heart of the city is located, to visit İzmir Archeology Museum.
Written February 15, 2020
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The museum collection is nice but the museum is very small, and you may see more interesting artefacts in other museums (ie in the museum of ephesus). A huge mosaic can be seen on the basement, and two floors of the museum are for the collection of mainly roman statues and coins, as well as few impressive copper statues (lion, woman and boy). Right outside you get a nice view of the sea, and can continue down to a series of remains, including from the temple of Dionysus(?) and gravestones- including both byzantine and Jewish ones.
Written February 10, 2020
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Marco_Polo499
Milan, Italy273 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
When I visited this museum about 15 years ago, I found it interesting and reasonably well stocked. In the meantime, many other archaeological museums have been created or have been renewed in this part of Turkey and, in comparison, the Izmir archaeological museum now appears rather modest. What is more, no effort has been made to build a narration around the pieces on display, and the museum appears as an exhibit without a soul, just a row of items. It is inevitable that the mind will go to the wonderful museums of Ephesus, Burdur and Aphrodisias, and even to the other archaeological museum of Izmir named "History and Art Museum".

This museum contains two collections: 1) sculptures of the Greek and Roman periods and 2) ceramics. Several pieces are located in the garden.

The collection of sculptures is located on the entrance floor of the museum. It contains some dozens of statues and other smaller sculptures, all of them about two thousand years old. Some statues are remarkable for their beauty and workmanship, but too many are of little significance, being often headless or armless and anonymously labelled as "a Roman man" or “a Roman woman”; more interesting are the disconnected heads, all remarkable for the beauty of the portraits. The pieces are well displayed and well lit, but the collection appears rather informal and without guidelines; this is quite surprising, since Izmir is in the middle of a geographic area dotted with archaeological sites from which an enormous quantity of remains has been recovered. Little effort has been made to accompany the exhibition with notes, explanations or other information linking the various objects exposed to the history of the sites where they were found and to the cultural environment in which they were produced. All in all, I found this part of the museum only moderately interesting.

The ceramic collection of is on the upper floor. Although pottery may be a less seductive topic, it nevertheless seemed to me as the better part of the museum. There are objects dated from 3000 BC to the Byzantine period. Many pieces are very beautiful, but they can be expected to attract the attention of specialists rather than the general public. The material was organized systematically and is accompanied by a fair amount of information.

The museum is very close to the Konak metro station: when you leave the station go to the hill in front of you; after less than 100 meters you will reach a multi-lane highway; do not cross it, but follow it to the left for about 100 meters; at the traffic lights there is a pedestrian crossing and the museum is located on the opposite side of the road. The museum is open 7 days a week, from 8:30 to 17:30 in winter and from 8:00 to 19:00 in summer. Admission is 14 Liras (in October 2019; a little more than 2 €). There are restrooms. The visit can be completed in less than one hour. If you are interested in archaeology, I suggest that you pay a visit also to the “History and Art Museum”, at the Kulturpark: it is similar to this one, but much more attractive.
Written February 5, 2020
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TubaKoseogluOkcu
Istanbul, Türkiye6,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The collection of this museum is very impressive for archeology addicts: findings from the nearby archeological sites, mainly from Metropolis site. The collection covers the Bronze Age of the area and includes Clazomenian sarchopagi which are very impressive. The explanatory notes are both in Turkish and English and there is also audio guide available. However, the museum itself is very neglected: everything is old in the building, corridors are not tidy. Though there are plenty of place there is not even a museum shop inside. It's a pity that such a collection is displayed without any care.

There is a free parking lot of around 20 cars if you come with your own car. The museum card is valid.

The ethnography museum is at the same complex (in fact, it's just the adjacent building) but it's currently closed due to renovation.
Written December 30, 2019
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Mjcturk
Arlington, VA20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
After we passed the first security checkpoint (unmanned) and entered the grounds of the museum, two big dogs ran towards us and gave loud deep barks. They were at the top of the stairs, barring our way to the museum door. I went far around them and entered the museum to ask for help, while my wife and kid waited. The security guard told me that it is not his problem as they were not inside the building. He claimed he had previously called the municipality about the dogs and they didn’t do anything. (Actually I think he feeds them...). So big dogs are “guarding the museum against visitors,” doing so on museum property, and no one is responsible. The man at security is unfortunately rude as well.
Written October 14, 2019
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Mark P
Mecca, Saudi Arabia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
This was really great to see including the history behind each item in the museum.All the pieces are truly mesmerising.
Written June 12, 2019
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