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All About Troy Museum
As a result of the National Architectural Project Competition held in 2011, the project, which was offered by Lean Architectural Design, was elected as a winner and the museum of Troy was finally completed in 2018 after a long construction period.
The museum consists of three floors. Each floor is reached by climbing the ramps. The total combined length of the ramps is approximately 480 meters.
The life and archaeological history of Troy and its cultures, which left their mark in the Troy Region, which were also mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, are exhibited by the artifacts from the excavations.
The museum welcomes us with a ramp going down. Different layers of Troy in the niches on the walls of the ramp can be seen. Past of Troy is explained with tombstones, large size sculptures, stage animations and large size photographs. In fact, this is an underground floor covered with landscapes and fields, cannot be seen from the outside of the museum. Archeology science orientation is provided to visitors at this area. Archaeological terms such as archaeometric dating methods, neolithic, chalcolithic, bronze age, iron age, mound, restoration, conservation are conveyed through schemes, drawings, texts and interactive methods. Here you can also find brochures describing the map and floors of the museum.
Ground Floor of Troy Museum
In this section, Troy is described in general with its geography and archaeological remains. You can observe terracotta figures, medical tools, stone and bone tools, marble artifacts, gold, terracotta pots, masks, figurines and puppets and glass works. You can visit the section where the Dedetepe Tumulus is animated with a projection, and you can enter Dardanos Tumulus via an interactive screen. Troas Golds are exhibited in a special room on this floor, you will definitely admire these fine craftsmanship.
First Floor of Troy Museum
In this part of the museum, the Bronze Age period and related layers of Troy are narrated. You can visit Troy’s layers and stages of development in chronological order. You can see Bronze Age crafts, daily life, environmental relations, some production tools and items that have survived to the present day. Lose yourself in the ship-showcase, which indicates the importance of Troy in Bronze Age maritime trade, and represents the story of the abandonment of the city due to a war at the end of the late Bronze Age.
As you climb up the ramp in this section, the transition between the Bronze Age and the Classical era is explained.
Second Floor of Troy Museum
The reflections of the Iliad and the Epic of the Trojan War to the oral tradition are shown on this floor and also themes of world of belief, politics, architecture and art in the region in a historical period from the Archaic Age to the Eastern Roman Empire. Trojan War, poet, heroes, events and places. Everything is explained in detail with drawings, models and digital programs along with coins, pottery and marble works. Here again, the story of the Trojan War and the collapse of Troy is told in a closed area with a 3-4 minute animation inspired by Attica vases and shadow play, and edited with digital effects.
The most important work of this floor for me is the Poliyxena Sarcophagus, which was unearthed in 1994 and represents the Persian domination (and the events of the Trojan War) in Troy. You should definitely examine this wonderful Sarcophagus for some time. It will leave you truly astonished.
Third Floor of Troy Museum
The settlement in Troy and its surroundings continued in the principalities during the Ottoman period. Engravings and photographs describing the Ottoman settlements and the importance of the Dardanelles in the early Ottoman Empire are exhibited on this floor. The ongoing pottery tradition, stonework and social life are explained with stone works, coins and ceramics
In addition, the history of the excavations that have been going on since the 19th century and the stories of archaeologists are displayed on this floor.
You can reach the large terrace by climbing the last ramp of the museum. You can find the opportunity to watch Trojan ancient city with bird’s eye view.
Working Hours of Troy Museum
Summer Period 1 April – 31 October Opening Time: 10:00 – Closing Time: 17:00.
Winter Period 31 October – 1 April Opening Time: 08:30 – Closing Time: 18:00.
Ticket Office Summer / Winter Closing Hours – Summer Period: 16:30 – Winter Period: 17:30.
The museum is open every day of the week and entrance fee is 50 Turkish Lira.
Tour Guide to Troy Museum
Museum of Troy is really closely located to Troy Ancient City. Troy Museum is a brand-new building with all the modern exhibition techniques. It will not be surprising to see this museum in the lists of the world’s best museums soon. I will be happy to answer your questions about this museum. Contact me to learn more and to book a private licensed Turkish tour guide to Troy Museum. See you soon, Hasan Gülday.