The Bergama Museum (Bergama Muzesi), in the city center on the main street (İzmir Caddesi, map), has a front garden dotted with sculpture, and clean and tidy interior galleries holding artifacts from the excavations of Pergamum’s acropolis and asclepion.
It’s open daily from 08:30 am to 12 noon, and 13:00 (1 pm) to 17:00 (5 pm).
You can’t miss the model of the stupendous Altar of Zeusfrom the acropolis, the original of which is now in Berlin.
Marble sculpture and statues in the museum are of the Pergamene school, which followed that of Aphrodisias.
The museum also protects finds from the excavations at Allianoi, a Roman spa town 20 km east of Bergama discovered in 1999 and excavated in recent years.
The Bergama Museum is 7 km (4.35 miles) east of the bus terminal (otogar) and the north-south highway. Walk or ride east along the main street and keep an eye out for the institutional fence of the museum’s front garden on the left, across the street from a BP fuel station.
From the Bergama Museum it’s a little more than one km (6.10 mile) east to the Red Basilica over level ground, and 5.35 km (3.3 miles) northeast to the acropolis, 3.5 km of it steeply uphill.
|What to See & Do in Bergama|