Şanlıurfa Archaeology and Mosaic Museum

Şanlıurfa Archaeology and Mosaic Museum is a museum in Şanlıurfa (also known as Urfa), Turkey. The museum contains remains of Şanlıurfa (known as Edessa in antiquity), Harran (another ancient city which lies 44 kilometres (27 mi) southeast of Şanlıurfa), and ruins found in the hydroelectric dam reservoirs of Atatürk Dam, Birecik Dam and Karkamış Dam.

The location history and the building

The museum is on Haleplibahçe street, close to Balıklıgöl, a sacred pool. The museum opened in 2015, and replaced the former museum of Şanlıurfa on Çamlık street. With a closed area of 34,000 square metres (370,000 sq ft), it is one of the biggest museums of in Turkey. The museum consists of two major sections. To the north is the mosaic section and to the south is the archaeology section which is a three-storey building. In addition to exhibition halls there are offices, a museum lab, a library, restaurants, markets and a playground for kids.

The mosaic section

The mosaic of Orpheus was created in 184 A.D. in Edessa. It was found in 1980, and was taken to United States by illegal means. After some handovers, it returned to Şanlıurfa from the Dallas Museum in 2015.

The archaeology section

In the ground and upper floor there are four exhibition halls. The first exhibition hall is reserved for Assyrian, Babylonian and Hittite artifacts. In the second and third halls, Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze age items such as stone tools, terracota ceramic tools, stamps, pithoi, necklaces, figurines, metallic tools, ornaments, and idols are exhibited. One of the most important items is a 9500-year-old sculpture which is the oldest-known life-size human sculpture. In the ethnographic section, clothes, silver and bronze ornaments, handworks, doors with epitaph, examples of calligraphy, and hand written Korans are exhibited. In the yard, there are various archaeologic items.

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Elif
2 April 2017
A must visit in Urfa. Very well oriented, rich and there is a installation of Gobeklitepe inside ???????? ????????
J
27 January 2019
You can find replicas of Göbekli Tepe and Harran, as well as artefacts from those places here. Visit this museum before going to those places so you get a better understanding.
Goksel Tan
28 October 2017
Such an amazing museum. Well managed. A must see
Thalia Hernandez
3 February 2018
One of the best curated museums I’ve been to in Turkey!
Ahmet Şavkın
27 January 2016
Olağanüstü
Mehmet İŞ
6 July 2016
Muze bir harika. Tam bir tarih turu yapmak icin birebir. Neolitik cagdan gunumuze muazzam bir dizilim yapmislar. Icindeki eserler gercekten essiz.Muhakkak gezin.Gez dolas doya doya. Gecimise gide gele
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Haleplibahçe, 2372. Sk. No:24, 63200 Şanlıurfa Merkez/Şanlıurfa, Turkey Get directions
Thu 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Fri 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sat-Sun 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
Mon 2:00 PM–3:00 PM
Tue 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

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