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Museum of Mersin

There are three exhibition rooms of the museum at the city center where archeological and ethnographical objects are on display. The most important archeological objects are the finds at excavations at Yumuktepe and Gözlükule tumuli. In addition to these, artifacts from the Hittite, Hellenistic and Roman civilizations can also be seen.

The exhibition room in the upper floor is allocated to ethnographic works. Works sculptured from large rocks are placed in the courtyard.

The museum is open every day except Mondays between 08:30 to 17:30. On the first day of religious holidays, the museum is closed for half a day.

Telephone : (0324) 231 9618

Tarsus Museum (Madrasa of Kubat Pasha)
The building was built in 1557 by Kubat Pasha of the Ramazanogullari principality as an open courtyard madrasa or religious school. In 1966 the building underwent restoration. It now serves as the Tarsus Museum. There are a total of 33,734 objects on display in the museum. 5,234 of the objects come from archeological excavations, 1,639 items are ethnological displays and there are a total of 26,841 old coins. The objects on display belong to Paleolithic, Calcolithic, Early Bronze Ages and Hittite, Urartu, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman civilizations.

The Museum of Silifke
The museum, which is located on the road to Tassucu is a two-story modern building in which objects found in the region, belonging to different historical periods are exhibited. Collection of Hellenistic silver coins excavated at Meydanciik Kale, clay and stone statuettes, objects such as earrings, bracelets, rings, oil lamps belonging to 2nd and 4th Centuries found in graves attract attention. On the second floor, there are vases decorated with figures belonging to the 4th and 5th Centuries B.C. are on display. In the ethnography section, folk costumes, glass, bronze and silver wares and weapons belonging to the Ottomans are exhibited.

There are a total of 20,337 objects on display at the museum. Out of these, 2,975 are archeological finds, 1,410 are ethnographic displays and 15, 875 are coins.

The Museum of Silifke
The museum, which is located on the road to Tassucu is a two-story modern building in which objects found in the region, belonging to different historical periods are exhibited. Collection of Hellenistic silver coins excavated at Meydanciik Kale, clay and stone statuettes, objects such as earrings, bracelets, rings, oil lamps belonging to 2nd and 4th Centuries found in graves attract attention. On the second floor, there are vases decorated with figures belonging to the 4th and 5th Centuries B.C. are on display. In the ethnography section, folk costumes, glass, bronze and silver wares and weapons belonging to the Ottomans are exhibited.

There are a total of 20,337 objects on display at the museum. Out of these, 2,975 are archeological finds, 1,410 are ethnographic displays and 15, 875 are coins.

The Museum of Anamur
Address: Yaliievleri Mahallesi, Fahri Görgülü Caddesi 8, Anamur Tel: (0324) 814 16 77 Fax: (0324) 814 30 18

Open everyday except Mondays between 08.30 and 12.30 / 13.30 and 17.30 It is a small and cute museum. Objects found at the excavations of Anemurium and at other archeological sites in the area are exhibited here. The museum was opened in 1992. Objects sent from here to museums in Alanya, Silifke and Erdemli were brought back and put on display at this museum after it was opened. There are also objects found at the excavations of Nagidos and Kelenderis. Local people also supported the museum by giving objects of archeological value they found in the area.

Archeological objects belong to the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. There is a bronze Athena statuette, a tiara with motifs in relief, oil flasks called lekythos with black figures, clay statuettes and lamps and mosaics depicting scenes from mythology are on display at the museum.

Ethnological objects are exhibited at a separate section of the museum. Among these objects are local kitchen utensils, examples of folk costumes, jewellery, textiles, weapons and work tools can be seen at this section. Objects related to nomadic lifestyle are especially interesting.

The Atatürk House
This is one of the most beautiful buildings in Mersin. It was built in 1897 for the German Consul who married a lady from Mersin as his residence. Later, the building was used as a school. In 1976 the building was donated to public ownership by its owners and it was named The Atatürk House because the founder of modern, Turkey Kemal Atatürk stayed here as a guest for two weeks with his wife in 1925.Work for renovating the building began in 1980 and in 1992 it was inaugurated as a museum.On the ground floor of the house, which also has a beautiful garden, photographs and documents are exhibited. On the second floor there are bedrooms and a sitting room. Some personal effects of Atatürk are also on display on the second floor.

Museum of Silifke
Tassucu Cad. No:11, Telephone : 0. 324 714 10 19 Open everyday 08.30 –– 12.30 and 13.30 –– 17.30 except Mondays. There are 20,337 archeological and ethnographical objects on display.

The Arslan Eyce Amphora Museum
Not far from the port, near the offices of the companies running the ferries for Cyprus, there is an interesting museum in a nice building. It was founded in 1997, when Aslan Eyce donated his collection of amphorae and earthen jars. Thanks to the contributions of the locals, the collection of the museum is still expanding. The museum, where amphorae and earthen jars from the 5th century B.C. onwards are exhibited, is very important since it provides us with information about the amphora types used in the area of the Mediterranean, for commercial purposes. A small part of the museum that has 400 amphorae is used to exhibit ethnographic specimens. The oldest amphora is of the 6th century B.C., while the newest is of the 12th century AD; in other words we can follow the 1800 year old adventure of amphorae.

Atatürk Caddesi Vakiif Han No. 78 (by the port) Tassucu; Phone: (0324) 741 40 09




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