Ephesus museum was closed for renovation of the building. It is re-opened in 8th of December after the renovation and redesigning work was completed.
Artifacts are mostly same but building is modernized. Remnants of the Temple of Artemis, artifacts of the Cukurici Mound, finds from Ephesus’ most glorious Hellenistic and Roman Periods, finds from the Basilica of St John and the fortress nearby, the Belevi Mausoleum and as well as many other artifacts from the excavations held in the vicinity are all in display in the modernized museum. There are also some artifacts from Ephesus and around in other various museums in Vienna, London, Izmir and Istanbul. Before the exhibition halls in the entrance on the left, guests can watch the illuminating video of Ephesus with many animation images. Overhead projector video film is in 3 different languages: Turkish, English and German, each 10 minutes.
Ephesus museum has two main sections: archaeological and ethnographical. Various artifacts from Prehistoric, Mycenaean, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman Periods are on display in 8 different exhibition halls and in a large courtyard.
Rooms by turns:
1- Sculptures from the fountains
2- Finds from Terrace Houses
4-Ephesus through the Ages
5-Courtyard – Stone Artifacts
6-Cult of Cybele
7- Finds from the Temple of Artemis
8- Artemis Ephesia
9- Imperial Cult
Ephesus Archaeological Museum is located in Selcuk, which is 70km away from Izmir, where Ephesus ancient city is found.
In Ephesus, the works of art dug up between 1867-1905 were transported to the British Museum ; those from 1905-1923 taken to Vienna. Then Turkish Republic forbade taking antiques out of the country and founded a museum in Selçuk near Ephesus.Its present form was given in 1983.
The Ephesus Museum is different from other many museums.It is not designed according to chronological order on the contrary it has rooms with a theme.For example the rooms are called as The House Findings Room, The Hall of The Fountain Relics, The Hall of The Funerary Relics, The Hall of Artemis, The Gladiators Section, …etc.
If you are interested in the works of art and history, we recommend you to see this museum strongly.
You can book a private tour to the Ephesus Museum with OTTI’s Ephesus Tours.