Museums in Bodrum

Tales of the ancient lands are hidden in the Museums in Bodrum. If you are working on a “Things to Do in Bodrum” list, you wouldn’t regret if you put their names on it. 

What makes the history of the Aegean region of the Asia Minor so important? Actually it is a puzzle with many pieces. Life around here has been continuing without any interruption since our ancestors arrived from the eastern coasts of Africa in search of new food sources 60,000 years ago.

Anatolia has been a cradle of many civilizations from Sumerians to Hittites. When gaining a better control over the Mediterranean became vital, Bodrum turned into a strategic port city to whom seeking power. These are some of the stories that a Bodrum museum can tell you.

Imagine what this town went through to survive for ages: The Carians made it their capital, Mausolus constructed his tomb which will be counted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World later, Knights Hospitaller chosen this city to build Castle of St. Peter, Italians took control during the World War I, and the list goes on. A lot of good things and bad things happened here and you are about to find more at the museums in Bodrum.

The flow of history hasn’t slowed down in the modern times. As the Bodrum tourism developed, artists from all over the world moved in town to fuel their creativity. They wrote books, sang songs and drew pictures about it and some of them accessible via the museums in Bodrum.

What to do in Bodrum is, of course, up to you. It’s your pleasure, your choice. But while you are here, I believe visiting the museums would be one of the best things to do in Bodrum 

Museums in Bodrum

Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology

This is one of the most important underwater archaeology museums in the world. Imagine a 3,500 years old shipwreck is exhibited in a 700 years old castle built by 2,600 years old archaeological fragments. Yes, I am talking about a Bodrum museum; the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

The castle itself was built by the Knights of St. John in 15th century. The museum’s collection includes many items and artefacts from various periods including the Bronze Age.

Beyond historical importance, castle and museum also provide a great place for sightseeing and relaxation. 

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Museum of the Mausoleum

Museum of the Mausoleum

Carians under the rule of a Persian satrap changed everything about this town more than 2,500 years ago. It was Mausolus to come up with a monument idea to guarantee an eternal life among with the gods. Although the building couldn’t survive as a whole, Mausolus achieved eternity by giving his name to all monumental tombs in the world; mausoleum.

The Mausoleum is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and is located in Bodrum, close to the marina. There are not much left to see but still it is one of the two wonders which can be visited today after the Pyramids in Egypt.

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Bodrum Maritime Museum

Bodrum Maritime Museum

The town’s recent history and clues to understand the local culture lie here. 

Bodrum was a small fishing and sponge diving town 30-40 years ago. Such a small economy meant a difficult life. Natives were fighting against spoiled waves and angry depths of the Aegean to make their living. This is the place where you can chase the traces of local marine history. 

One of the biggest and most important sea shell collections of the world and some personal items of a great writer, The Fisherman of Halicarnassus, are also on display in this humble and privately held exhibition hall.

I know personally some of the people behind the idea of founding a museum about Bodrum maritime. I am aware the incredible efforts they have put to keep it open. Believe me, it is really difficult. I appreciate their dedication and hard work. Visiting this museum would also be one of the best things to do in Bodrum to support their cause.

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Zeki Muren Art Museum

Zeki Muren Art Museum

Zeki Muren was one of the most famous and important characters of Turkey’s art history. He was a pioneer in many ways in Turkish society with his life style and art. He was, and still is, the most outstanding singer in Turkish classical music history.

He felt in love with the peace and tranquillity that Bodrum possess and moved here in 1980. His memories are still alive in a Bodrumian’s mind. They called him “Pasha” and never forgot.

After he passed away, his house was restored and opened for the visitors as one of the museums in Bodrum. His personal life was always a mystery and curiosity still attracts Turkish people who are trying to solve the puzzle.

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