Ephesus Museum (Efes
Müzesi) in the town of Selçuk
(map) holds the best of the archeological
objects excavated at Ephesus, a
few artifacts from Ephesus's
of Artemis (the Artemision),
and finds from some of the many
significant ancient Hellenic, Hellenistic and Roman cities
in the region.
Closed for renovation for several years, the work was finished early in 2015 and the museum is again open to visitors. The new building is admirably done, the exhibits refined and well displayed, with explanations in Turkish and English.
New and shiny....
near the tourism office in
the Selçuk town
(map), the museum preserves
many of the archeological
treasures, including the marble statues of the Anatolian
fertility goddess Cybele (Artemis)
with rows of egg-like breasts.
Alas, I did not see the statuettes
of the phallic god Priapus,
nor that lovely little bronze statuette
of a boy on a dolphin which
you may have seen in photos. I wonder where they are...
renovated museum has more exhibition space, but about 40% of the overall space is now dedicated to the gift shop and café.
Don't mess with Domitian...
Still, the museum makes a good
stop after you've visited the Ephesus
archeological site, and before
you visit the St
John Basilica and İsa
Bey Mosque on Ayasoluk Hill nearby.
The Ephesus Museum (Efes Müzesi) is open every day from 08:30 am to 17:30 (5:30 pm), but ticket sales stop at 17:00 (5:00 pm). Admission costs TL10.
you're interested in archeological
sites, this region abounds with them.
Consider spending a day doing
Tour, or a trip to Aphrodisias, or even a day-trip to Pamukkale (Hiearpolis) and Laodicea.
—by Tom Brosnahan