Afyonkarahisar Museum, Afyonkarahisar

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The Afyonkarahisar Archaeological Museum, also known as the Afyon Museum, is an archaeological museum in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. It exhibits a wide variety of artifacts from the Copper Age, Bronze Age and the civilizations of Hittites, Phrygians, Ancient Greece and Byzantine Empire.
The initiative to establish a museum in Afyonkarahisar and to record the province's chronicle goes back to 1928 when in the early years of the Republic studies were carried out initially by the "Lovers of Artifacts Society" and later by the "Community Center" . Following the efforts led by the society's president Süleyman Hilmi, a teacher, and his colleague Oğuz, artifacts collected from various archaeological sites were stored up in the vacant Gedik Ahmed Pasha Madrasa, .
As the number of objects grew up, the idea emerged for the establishment of a museum. In 1931, the museum was founded in the form of an office, and Süleyman Hilmi was appointed as its supervisor. In 1933, the museum was opened, and he became its first director. Under his leadership, it then rose up to the status of a regional museum. With the support of the Community Center, he collected archaeological artifacts from the provinces Uşak, Burdur, Isparta and Aydın, as well as ethnographical items from the provinces of Aydın and Kütahya for the museum.
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  • The history of Afyon goes back thousands of years through many different civilisations. This museum has ancient coins, artefacts and marble statues, from the region which is now Afyonkarahisar...  more »
  • it may take a few hours more than you thouhgt, takes at least one afternoon. The garden is also full.  more »
  • Charming little museum with artifacts from the Neolithic onwards. Good information in English and Turkish. Outside is a garden filled with historic things, where after my visit I rested in the sun and was offered tea by the museum staff.
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