I like to meet people and talk to them about their daily lives, habits, likes and dislikes so that I can have some insight into the society they are living in. Like people, museums are also valuable resources. Museums in Bodrum help you discover more about the culture and history.
In the halls of Bodrum museums, lots of interesting tales about local history, art and culture are being told for those who listen.
The Asia Minor has had a significant impact on the history of mankind. The western coast, which we call the Aegean Region, is where civilizations and their history-changing inventions like wine and iron spread all over the world.
It has been 60,000 years since our ancestors arrived in Mesopotamia after leaving the eastern coast of Africa in search of new food resources. Soon, they realized the fertility of the land and the Mediterranean climate combined was indeed an everlasting food source when cultivated. So, the cities were built here for the first time in history.
Anatolia has been a cradle for many civilizations from Sumerians to Hittites. As the importance of maritime trade increased, gaining better control over the Mediterranean Sea became vital and Halicarnassus – today’s Bodrum – evolved to a strategic port city from being a small fishing town.
Imagine what this town went through to survive for ages! The Carians made it their capital. Mausolus constructed his tomb in here which is called one of the Seven Wonders of the World today. Knights Hospitaller chose here to build the Castle of St. Peter. Italians took over the control of the city during the WWI. Ottomans did this, Turkish Republic did that, and finally it has become a popular touristic destination. A lot of good things and bad things happened in the history of Bodrum, and you are about to discover some of them by visiting museums in Bodrum.
In modern times, the metamorphosis continues. Population exchange between Turkey and Greece, the rise of reputation with blue cruises and becoming a top-notch touristic destination, the political fluctuations at relations with our historical friends and neighbours, the ups and downs of Turkish economy, etc.; all left significant marks on local lives.
Some of the changes are still happening. Some of them, on the other hand, have already become a part of local culture which you can trace in the museums.
Museums in Bodrum
Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology
A large-scale restoration project has recently completed at the museum. By clicking the “Read More…” button below, you will be redirected to archived article about the museum.
Bodrum Maritime Museum
3-4 generations ago, the local economy was based on fishing and sponge diving. Learn who were them risking their lives to make a living. You can also see one of the largest seashell collections in the world.
Museum of the Mausoleum
The Mausoleum, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in ancient Halicarnassus by a man searching for eternal life.
Zeki Muren Art Museum
After the most famous celebrity of Turkey has passed away, his house in Bodrum has become Zeki Muren Museum in 2000.