Aydin Museum was originally established in 1959 in one room at the Zafer Primary School where it remained for many years. The museum was transferred in 1973 and became the Aydin Archaeological and Ethnographical Museum displaying rich collections of objects brought from Aydın and its provincial districts.
Items on Display at Aydin MuseumOn display in the large garden are stone carvings from various periods of time that have come from Tralleis , Magnesia , Alinda , Alabanda , Nysa , Amyzon , Piginda , Harpasa , Myus , Pygela , Orthosia and Mastaura and include statues, tombs, columns, altars, Islamic gravestones and milestones. Exhibits are spread out into halls over three different sections; Archaeology Hall, Coin Hall and the Ethnographic Objects Hall.
Archaeology HallThe objects in here are placed in a chronological order and are beautiful examples of prehistoric, Hellenistic , Roman , Byzantine , Seljuk and Ottoman eras. There are axes, cutting and drilling tools, idols, spindles, whorls, ceramics made from burnt clay, oil lamps, masks, small statues, glass objects, gold, silver and bronze jewellery, medical instruments, cosmetic material and guns. There are very beautiful Hellenistic artefacts from Tralleis such as a bust of Athena, a Nike statue, a Satyr statue and various others along with embossing that decorates the halls. You will also find terracotta’s, oil lamps, unguentariums (glass bottles) and toy figurines taken from the Tralleis necropolis which make up this special collection.
Coin HallHere you will find on exhibit gold, silver, bronze and copper coins from various civilisations including Greek, Roman , Byzantine , Seljuk , and Ottoman .
Ethnography HallThis is where the richest works of art from the region are on show and include woven textiles such as carpets, woven matting, rugs and sumach; zeybek fabric, embroidered fabric for women, embroidered headgear; silver jewellery such as belts, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings; bath sets, Koran manuscripts and books, cigarette holders; copper kitchen vessels such as large deep dishes and bowls, kettles, victual boxes for travellers, cauldrons and round metal trays; woodwork items such as mortars, coffee-mills, coffee-coolers and clogs; weapons such as swords, daggers, flint-lock guns and pistols.
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