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Thick walls of the Bodrum Castle surrounds one of the most important museums of its kind; Museum of Underwater Archaeology. The most popular museum in town has become one of the symbols of Bodrum with its unique collection containing artefacts from Bronze Age to Medieval Times.
There is no doubt that the historical value of the castle itself increases Bodrum Museum’s significance while offering a great panoramic view through Greek islands over the Aegean waters.
Address: Carsi Mahallesi, 48400 Bodrum / Mugla
Phone: +90 (252) 316 25 16
Summers: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 – 19:00 / Closed on Mondays
Winters: Tuesday to Saturday: 09:00 – 16:30 or 17:00 (depends on sunset) / Closed on Mondays
The museum is inside the castle so you can enjoy the best of both worlds at once. However, their stories behind the scenes are quite different. Since Enjoy-Bodrum is all about the stories, I am going to focus on each of them separately.
You can proceed by clicking Bodrum Castle to learn about Castle of St. Peter. You can also click on History of Bodrum Castle to discover difficult times it went through during last 600 years. For Museum of Underwater Archaeology, just keep on reading.
I think it is a privilege to be able to see 3,200 years old artefacts from the depths of the Aegean Sea which are on exhibition at a 600 years old building that is made up of 2,500 years old archaeological fragments and blocks from Mausoleum at Halicarnassus which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Visiting Museum of Underwater Archaeology
The Underwater Archaeology Museum was established in 1964. I think it was a visionary move. Considering underwater archaeology was solely accepted in late 80’s as an archaeology branch, founding such a museum in a remote town at a country where museology was crawling should be a success story and can only be explained by passion.
Random events and coincidences were about to change the way Bodrum lives. A sponge diver found a bronze statue of a woman in the deep waters of Marmaris in 1953. It was Demeter, the goddess of the harvest in ancient Greek religion. That is when Bodrum took world-wide attention and the history of Museum of Underwater Archaeology has begun to be written.
Since its founding, the museum evolved and extended its collection. The castle was restored and almost each building was assigned to a specific collection forming different sections of the exhibition today.
The entrance fee is approximately €10 per person. It is the most expensive museum around the peninsula, but I think it is worth every penny.
After the entrance, on your way to the inner court up in the main area, you can rent an audio guide which provides Turkish, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish guidance on the museum sections. Rental cost is around €3. You may check Bodrum Castle Plan for the exact location of the audio guide kiosk prior to your visit. You cannot miss it.
Reminders for Visitors
Bodrum Castle stands on a nearly square area which measures 185 by 180 metres. It may look small but do not underestimate it. If you want to visit all sections and enjoy the panorama it offers, you need at least 2 -3 hours. When finalizing your plan, make sure you are not visiting the museum near closing time.
Especially in summers, always keep in mind that it is hot out there and do not forget to bring a bottle of water and a hat with you to fight back the sun. Two cafés, one at the upper yard inside the castle and the other at the entrance are the only places where you can find refreshments when you are in the museum and cost higher than local markets.
You are going to walk from one section to another. Stairs and slopes can sometimes make it difficult. Take your time, sit on a bench and rest. This is the Aegean, there is no place for hurrying.
A small shop at the entrance is a fair place where you can find some gifts for your friends and family. You can also find some books and guides about the history of the region and Turkey as well.
I have seen many times that some specific sections of Museum of Underwater Archaeology were closed due to repairs, renewals or scientific studies. If you are interested in a specific section, ask the employees at the entrance if it is open or not at the moment. Do it before paying the entrance fee.
Do not forget your camera, not only for Underwater Archaeology Museum but also for the great panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the Bodrum town over the walls. Please note that the use of cameras is prohibited in some sections of the Bodrum Museum. Simply follow the signs in the exhibition halls.
One last recommendation, if you have enough time to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Bodrum Castle, bring your book with you. Sit on a wall facing the Aegean horizon or find a bench at the inner yard where peacocks wander around. Enjoy the atmosphere and your book. For me, spending some time by myself there is priceless!
Related Pages About Bodrum Castle And Museum Of Underwater Archaeology
- Bodrum Castle
- History of Bodrum Castle
- Museum of Underwater Archaeology (this is where you are)
- Sections and Layout Plan
- Underwater Archaeology and Bodrum
- Other Museums in Bodrum