Museum Walking Tour (Self Guided), Ankara

As a cultural center Ankara is one of the most attractive cities in Asia, preserving history and traditions from the ancient times. Some of the facts, about the city's historical heritage, can be discovered at the city's museums. Take the following tour below to discover Ankara's history and development as a city.
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Museum Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Museum Walking Tour
Guide Location: Turkey » Ankara (See other walking tours in Ankara)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: alexander
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum of the Republic
  • War of Independence Museum
  • The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
  • Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum
  • State Art & Sculpture Museum
  • Ankara Ethnography Museum
Museum of the Republic

1) Museum of the Republic

Initially the museum building was erected to house the Grand National Assembly. However, the Assembly soon moved out and the building was not used for about 20 years. The building has a traditional Selçuk and Ottoman design combining a wide array of materials like wood, stone and marble. The collection of the museum presents the history of creation of the Turkish Republic.
War of Independence Museum

2) War of Independence Museum (must see)

War of Independence Museum housed in the first Turkish Grand National Assembly building, displays important photographs, documents and furniture from the Turkish War of Independence.

The one-storey andesite building was designed by architect Salim Bey, at the request of Enver Pasha, as the headquarters of the Committee of Union and Progress. Its construction commenced in 1915. Thousands gathered in Ulus Square for the opening of the assembly on April 23, 1920 and Sinop representative Serif Bey, who as the oldest member had been chosen as President of the Assembly, made the first speech. The building remains open to the public, having recently undergone further renovation, as the Independence War Museum with a number of rooms currently open to view.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

3) The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations (must see)

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is located on the south side of Ankara Castle. It consists of the old Ottoman Mahmut Paşa bazaar storage building, and the Kurşunlu Han.

After the remodelling and repairs were completed (1938–1968), the building was opened to the public as the Ankara Archaeological Museum. It is one of the richest museums in the world. Within this Ottoman building, the museum has a number of exhibits of Anatolian archeology. They start with the Paleolithic era, and continue chronologically through the Neolithic, Early Bronze, Assyrian trading colonies, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuq and Ottoman periods. There is also an extensive collection of artifacts. The exhibits of gold, silver, glass, marble and bronze works date back as far as the second half of the first millennium BC. The coin collections, with examples ranging from the first minted money to modern times, represent the museum's rare cultural treasures. Museum of Anatolian Civilizations reaching the present time with its historical buildings and its deeply rooted history was elected as the first "European Museum of the Year" in Switzerland on April 19, 1997.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum

4) Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum (must see)

The Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum is a technology museum. The museum is in the old quarters of Ankara known as historical Atpazarı (Horse market) facing the historical Ankara Citadel. It is at an altitude of 950 metres (3,120 ft) slightly higher than the rest of the city.

The museum is situated in a historical inn (han) called Çengelhan According to an inscription on the main gate, the inn had been built in 1523 during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Suleyman I. Later, it was used as a warehouse of mohair, which was a speciality of Ankara. During the Republican era, it was owned by the General Directorate of Foundations of Turkey. In 2003, it was rented to industrialist Rahmi M. Koç to be used as a museum. After a restoration period, it was put in service in 2005.

The lower floor is reserved for a carpet gallery, agricultural machinery and pharmaceutical exhibits. Various machines, medicine, everyday life tools and road transport vehicles are exhibited in the ground floor. A brasserie is also at the ground floor. The upper floor hosts sections of rail transport items, toys, communications, scientific instruments, maritime and navigation. There are also sections about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey; Vehbi Koç, Rahmi Koç's father and one of the first industrialists of Turkey, and Ankara city.

Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am — 5 pm; Saturday, Sunday: 10 am — 6 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
State Art & Sculpture Museum

5) State Art & Sculpture Museum

The State Art and Sculpture Museum is a museum dedicated to fine arts and sculpture. It was designed in 1927 by architect Arif Hikmet Koyunoğlu and built between 1927 and 1930 as the Türkocağı Building, upon the direction of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first President of Turkey.

It is located close to the Ethnography Museum and houses a rich collection of Turkish art from the late 19th century to the present day. The museum was reopened after the restoration of the building in 1980. Today, the museum is a center of art where the most outstanding works of the artists who played important roles in the development of Turkish painting and sculpture are exhibited. Exhibitions of painting, sculpture, ceramic, printing arts and photography that are programmed to take place in Turkey within the framework of international cultural agreements, are exhibited in the three galleries reserved for periodical exhibitions; thus, the art works of foreign countries are made known to the Turkish public. Serving to public with its modern cafeteria, sales outlet and audio system, the institution goes beyond an exhibition place for old artwork; comprising all attributes of a modern museum of arts.

Editor's Note: Closed for Restoration.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ankara Ethnography Museum

6) Ankara Ethnography Museum (must see)

The Ethnography Museum of Ankara is a museum of ethnography dedicated to the cultures of historic and current civilizations that flourished in Turkey. The museum building was designed by architect Arif Hikmet Koyunoğlu and built between 1925 and 1928. The museum hosted the sarcophagus of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk from November 21, 1938 until November 10, 1953, during the period of the construction of Anıtkabir, his final resting place.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Ankara, Turkey

Create Your Own Walk in Ankara

Create Your Own Walk in Ankara

Creating your own self-guided walk in Ankara is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Landmarks Tour

Historical Landmarks Tour

Ankara is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is a center of industry and culture in Turkey. Walking through the city you'll see lots of beautiful and interesting places, representing aspects of its life. Take this tour to find the most important and mysterious attractions of Ankara.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Ankara Old Town

Ankara Old Town

As a historic city, Ankara is a real treasure for those tourists who wish to to find out more about ancient civilizations. The old part of the city, Ulus, preserves the secrets of the life, development and culture of Hattians, Ankara's ancient people, who played an important role in the country and world history.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Ankara Introduction Walking Tour

Ankara Introduction Walking Tour

The capital of modern Turkey, Ankara is an ancient city dating back to circa 2,000 BC. The country's cosmopolitan capital, it is also a major economic and cultural hub, replete with cultural and historic attractions. The Ankara castle, Column of Julian, Temple of Augustus and Rome, and Gençlik Park are just some of them. Follow this orientation walk to explore these and other key attractions...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 Km or 3.9 Miles
Ulus District Tour

Ulus District Tour

The oldest part of Ankara is called Ulus. Being the most ancient part of the city it contains the maximum historic attractions. More than two thousands years old, the place is really worth visiting.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles