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“Small but good collection for its size”

Archaeological Museum of Izmir
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Ranked #21 of 154 things to do in Izmir
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Owner description: This museum houses many fine sculptures and antiquities discovered in Izmir and other neighboring ancient cities.
Reviewed 12 June 2013

I was glad I took the time to visit the archeological museum. The collection consists of a floor of sculptures (primarily 1st century BC - 3rd century AD), a floor of pottery spanning many centuries, and a collection of ancient jewelry and coins. The sculptures were underwhelming, not because they weren't good (they were) but only because so much stone sculpture survives from this period that I had seen a lot before. The pottery exhibit was also good, just not of particular interest to me personally. What impressed me was the jewelry and coins exhibit, especially the coins. They had coins dating back 500 BC to the Persian Empire--some of the oldest coins in existence. There was also an impressive display of Ronan coins from the 2nd century through the Ottoman Empire. The first century was conspicuous absent but every other Cesar's image was represented, usually with multiple coins minted during his reign. Definitely check out the Ethnolmology Museum directly across the street. Also a good museum and shame to miss if you are already there.

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

This is a small museum, but well put together with many Greek and Roman antiquities. There is an eye catching mosaic pavement that has a design of animals and plants. You can get a better view from the upper floor.

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Reviewed 1 May 2013

The museum is nice if you have already seen and heard about the ancient city. Othewise it leaves much to be wanted. The artifacts are nice. It is much smaller than I would have imagined.

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Reviewed 19 March 2013

If you're in Izmir, and you haven't seen many other museums with collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, then I guess this would be a pretty decent museum. But for me, it didn't really offer anything that I hadn't already seen in other museums. It is a small collection, but nicely laid out. The pottery seems to be mostly in chronological order, so you can see how things evolved. The statues are illuminated by motion-sensitive lights. Which at first was kinda fun, but after so many of them didn't work, it became a bit frustrating. There's some sparkly jewelry and some shiny coins, too. Information is provided in English, but is mostly limited to just the titles of the works and/or where they're from.

If you go, ask at the front when you buy your tickets if they have any of the (free) Izmir books in English. The books has pictures and descriptions of some of the items on display, as well as information on other museums and sites in Izmir.

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Reviewed 14 January 2013

İzmir archeological museum
located not to far from Clock tower at the city center of Konak outstanding and must be included
while you are in izmir.
The Museum displays the historical pieces worth to explore 5000 years old

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