Hidden Gems – Fethiye Museum
The Birth of Fethiye Museum
Fethiye Museum is small but perfectly formed and, surprisingly, fairly unknown within the local community.
The museum first opened in 1987 in order to house the many artifacts found during and after the reconstruction of the city following the 1957 earthquake.
These items were originally exhibited in an open air museum in the harbour, then moved to the lower floor of a Ministry of Culture Building, before moving to the larger, dedicated building they are in today.
Inside The Museum
Most of the artifacts are from the Hellenistic and Roman periods and are displayed in two large rooms.
Don’t be put off if the rooms appear to be in darkness when you arrive. The lights are movement activated and will switch on automatically as you walk in.
This may only be a small museum but the quantity of artifacts is astounding. You will gaze upon smaller items such as coins and toys.
Your eyes will then turn towards larger items such as pottery.
Then, finally, you come face to face with the larger than life artifacts such as sculptures and solid doors.
More On Offer Outside
Once you’ve completed your perusal of these rooms, go back outside the main door and take a right. Here you’ll find a pathway that leads you through history as you pass enormous urns, statues, pillars, tombs and much more.
How Long Do You Need?
If you are a casual browser you will complete your tour easily within thirty minutes. However, history buffs can spend many an hour reading all the information and item listings, all conveniently printed in Turkish and English.
So if you have a little time to spare take some time to seek out the museum and find out a little about the area you already or may soon be living in.
You’ll find Fethiye Museum on Sokak 505 in Central Fethiye. If you are walking from the Tuesday Market towards the sea front, this Sokak (street) is on the left and there is a ‘Fethiye Müzesi’ sign at the end of the road. Go past the school on your left and you’ll come to the museum.
The museum is open from 8.30am until 7.30pm every day and entrance is free.
Masks must be worn at all times, and social distancing rules apply.
You are required to show your HES code at the security desk on arrival.
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