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“Good collection, but tourist-unfriendly”

Museum of Archaeology & Ethnography
Ranked #11 of 28 things to do in Izmit
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Good collection, but tourist-unfriendly”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Having visited many archaeological museums in Turkey, I must say that this is the only one that has made me feel truly unwlecome! Tourists are forbidden to take pictures of artefacts inside the museum and partly in the courtayrd. They are also closely followed by a security guard all the time. I was even inspected by him when tried to write down some information on a piece of paper. Moreover, the museum has no books or brochures to offer, which would be the normal practice in places where no photos can be taken.
Apart from that, the building has a great location in the old town, near the sea garden and the historic clocktower. The collection is indeed fascinating - it stores great samples of the mighty ancient Nicomedia (now victimized by the rapidly growing industrial zone in Izmit). The marble sculptures and sarcophagi in the courtyard are remarkably well preserved.

Visited March 2014
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