Located in the southeast of Ankara Tower, in the Altındag district of Ankara, the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations was built in 1921 at the request of Atatürk, the Nationalist Leader of the Turkish people. The museum was constructed by Mübarek Galip Bey, the director of culture at the time.


Initially, the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations was constructed as the Eti (Hittite) Museum, designed to showcase artifacts from the Hittite Period. As a result of Atatürk’s advice, many Hittite artifacts from the region were sent to Ankara, which created the need for a larger museum.

Between 1938 and 1968, two old and fascinating structures named Mahmud Pasha Covered Bazaar and Kursunlu Inn were renovated and repurposed as a museum. Following the addition of these charming structures, the building of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations was completed.


The history of Mahmud Pasha Bazaar is quite interesting. The building is located on the piedmont of Ankara Castle and was constructed by Mahmud Pasha, one of the grand viziers during the period of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the conqueror, in 1471.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, the bazaar was a major center of trade in Ankara, particularly for the valuable Ankara mohair fabric. However, by the end of the 19th century, the building had lost its function. In addition, the bazaar, which had 10 magnificent domes and 102 various stores, was damaged in a fire in 1881. In the first years following the proclamation of the Republic, it housed stores selling shoes, hand-printed head scarves, draperies, and textiles.

Later on, this classic style building was repaired and converted into a museum.

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Kursunlu Inn, the enchanting masterpiece of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, was originally built as a foundation for a hospice in Uskudar by Mehmet Pasha, the main vizier of Ottoman Sultan Fatih. After undergoing renovations in 1946, many coins belonging to the period of Ottoman Sultan Murat II were discovered.

Reflecting Ottoman architecture, this splendid building features two-story rooms with yards and porches. Its ground floor has 28 rooms with a furnace and was once home to many breathtaking shops. Today, Kursunlu Inn is used as an administrative building and contains research rooms, a library, a conference hall, ateliers, and a laboratory. Following its rebuilding, it was converted into a museum.


The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, located in the capital of Turkey, Ankara, was awarded the title of European Museum of the Year in 1997 in Lausanne, Switzerland, after being selected from among 68 museums. The museum’s collection comprises unique masterpieces belonging to the civilizations of Anatolia, making it the foremost collection of its kind in the world.

This priceless collection preserves the heritage of civilizations ranging from the Paleolithic era and prehistoric times to the Assyrian, Hittite, Phrygian, and Urartian kingdoms. It also includes a special section on Ankara.

Some of the main unique pieces in the collection include the Goddess Kybele Relief, which symbolizes fertility and abundance, the sculpture of Kubaba (the main goddess belonging to the Paleolithic period), the sculpture of Dionysus (the god of wine), the Acemhöyük Box made of stone, the statue of Storm God and bulls belonging to the Hittites, the Bronze Inscription, and the statue of Hittite Sphinx.


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