the hill with Ankara's
not far from Ulus Square (map; Metro:
Ulus) is the Museum
of Anatolian Civilisations
(Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi),
a historic caravanserai holding artifacts
from up to 7500 years, including
the most extensive and valuable
collection of Hittite artifacts
in the world.
The caravanserai is worth seeing in
itself, but the exhibits are even more
so. If you are at all interested in
the ancient history of Anatolia and
the Near East, you cannot miss it.
The renovation and expansion work begun in 2010 was completed, and the entire museum fully re-opened, on 13 May 2014.
Unless you like walking up steep hills,
take a taxi to the museum (TL12
from the Ankara
from the AŞTİ
bus terminal), and if possible
allow for some time to explore the
other sights on the hill.
The museum is open daily from 09:00
am to 17:00 (5 pm). It used to close
on Monday in winter, but the museum's
website now says it is open every day, year-round,
closing only on the mornings of the
first days of religious holidays.
A half dozen restaurants on
the hill and in the Citadel provide
Museum of Anatolian Civilisations
(Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi)
Gözcü Sokak No: 2 (map)
06240 Ulus, ANKARA, Turkey
Tel: +90 (312)
324 31 60, –61, –65
Fax: +90 (312) 311 28 39
—by Tom Brosnahan
Museum of Anatolian Civilisations,
in a historic caravanserai.