I visited three different museums on my trip to Kütahya. They’re all located near each other at the end of Cumhuriyet Caddesi.
Right next to Ulu Camii is the small but interesting Kütahya Arkeoloji Müzesi (Archaeology Museum), with some finds from nearby sites such as Aizanoi. It’s housed in the former Vacidiye Medresesi, a former religious school built in 1314 in the Selçuk style. The museum is open daily except Mondays.
Another good museum next to Ulu Camii is the Çini Müzesi (Tile Museum), which is open daily except Mondays. It’s hosted in a former mosque, the İmaret Camii, built in 1411.
At the entrance is an original door from Ulu Camii, and just inside is the tomb of Yakub Çelebi (d. 1409), who was part of the ruling Germiyan family. The Germiyans ruled a large area of Anatolia after the collapse of the Selçuk Empire, and Kütahya was their capital.
I was mostly impressed by the quality of work on some of the decorative plates on display.
There’s also a room set up as a typical Kütahya home, with tiles hanging on the walls and decorative pottery.
A walk up Gediz Caddesi from the Çini Müzesi will take you past some authentic Ottoman homes to the Lajos Kossuth House. One that stuck out is a small home completely covered in Kütahya tiles.
The Lajos Kossuth House was used by Hungarian revolutionary Lajos Kossuth (1802-1894), who lived there from 1850-51. Kossuth staged an uprising against the Habsburgs in Hungary in 1849 and was forced to flee as a fugitive. The house is open daily except Mondays and admission is free. Hours are 9am to noon and 1pm to 5pm.
The museum tells the story of Kossuth and the Hungarian struggle for independence. Outside in the yard is a monument to Kossuth, and at the entrance to the house is a bust.
The rooms of the house are set up as an ethnographic museum. Clothing, furniture, and artifacts that would have been used by Hungarian elite living in Kütahya are on display, as well as typical items used in Ottoman homes of the period.
A short walk from the Lajos Kossuth House is the Kütahya Konağı, a restored Ottoman home that now serves as a restaurant serving traditional homemade Turkish food.