İzmir Archaeology and Ethnography Museums

Within walking distance of Konak Meydanı are two of İzmir’s most important museums located in two adjacent buildings –  İzmir Arkeoloji ve Etnografya Müzesi (archaeology and ethnography museum).

The İzmir Archaeology Museum is located in a modern facility and has an impressive collection of coins, pottery, and artifacts found in İzmir and nearby. The museum was established in 1924 and the current building was constructed in 1984.

Izmir Archaeology Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Izmir Archaeology Museum

Izmir Archaeology Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Izmir Archaeology Museum

Pottery at the Izmir Archaeology Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Pottery

The most interesting pieces for me were the beautifully decorated Clazomenian sarcophagi, from the ancient Greek city of Clazomenae. Other pieces have come from Ephesus, Pergamon, Miletos, Aphrodisias, and other ancient cities.

Clazomenian sarcophagus at the Izmir Archaeology Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Clazomenian sarcophagus

Clazomenian sarcophagus of a baby at the Izmir Archaeology Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Clazomenian sarcophagus of a baby

Seat of Honor from Ephesus at the Izmir Archaeology Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Seat of Honor from Ephesus

Antinous as Androclos (139 AD) found at Ephesus at the Izmir Archaeology Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Antinous as Androclos (139 AD) found at Ephesus

The grounds outside the museum contain a path lined with sarcophagi, pedestals from ancient columns, and tombstones from the important communities in the city’s history, including the Ottomans, Greeks, Jews, Armenians, and Levantines.

Izmir Archaeology Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Izmir Archaeology Museum

Sarcophagus at the Izmir Archaeology Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Sarcophagus

Tombstones at the Izmir Archaeology Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Tombstones

Tombstone at the Izmir Archaeology Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Tombstone

Right next door to the Archaeology Museum sits the İzmir Ethnography Museum. It’s located in the former St. Roche hospital, built in 1831. Aside from the typical creepy mannequins, there are several pieces of clothing, pottery, glass, weapons, armor, and other artifacts on display.

Izmir Ethnography Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Izmir Ethnography Museum

Izmir Ethnography Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Izmir Ethnography Museum

A part of the museum explores Ottoman life in the city with rooms of a typical Ottoman home.

Ottoman home at the Izmir Ethnography Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Ottoman home

Ottoman home at the Izmir Ethnography Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Ottoman home

Another section gives a glimpse into the lives of certain trades that were present in the city, such as glassworkers, metalworkers, and pharmacists.

Glassworker at the Izmir Ethnography Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Glassworker

Nazar boncuğu (evil eye) at the Izmir Ethnography Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Nazar boncuğu (evil eye)

Metalworker at the Izmir Ethnography Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Metalworker

Pharmacy at the Izmir Ethnography Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Pharmacy

The textile section had some impressive carpets and other textiles along with an old loom.

Carpets at the Izmir Ethnography Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Carpets

Loom at the Izmir Ethnography Museum in Izmir, Turkey

Loom

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