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Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology

From The Marmara Bodrum
6 Min
24 min
Address Çarşı Mh, 48400 Bodrum/Muğla
Phone +90 (252) 316 25 16

Hours 8:30 AM–7:00 PM
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The Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology is the largest museum in the world dedicated to the preservation of artifacts excavated from underwater. The museum is housed in the Castle of St. Peter, a UNESCO World Heritage site in itself. The Turkish government turned the castle into a museum in 1964 after years of abandonment.  

Turkish sponge divers began to discover and recover hundreds of artifacts. The government recognized the importance of preserving this rich history. Archaeologists soon took over the conservation efforts, and the artifacts are now on display at the museum.  

The German and English towers house the majority of the artifacts. However, the entire site is worth exploring.  

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14 Exhibits  

The museum houses 14 impressive exhibits. As you make your way through each exhibit, you will see impressive displays of amphoras, ancient glass, bronze, clay, pottery, gold jewelry, ship equipment, and iron items.  

  1. German Tower 
  2. Amphoras Exhibition 
  3. The Dungeon 
  4. Carian Princess Hall 
  5. British Tower 
  6. Turkish Bath Exhibition 
  7. Glass Wreck Hall 
  8. Snake Tower (secret museum) 
  9. Glass Hall 
  10. Tektaş shipwreck 
  11. Kaş-Ulu Burun shipwreck 
  12. Commander Tower 
  13. LateRoman shipwreck 
  14. Coins and Jewelry Hall 

Glass Wreck Hall 

One of the most impressive exhibits is the Glass Hall, established in 1986. Thai ongoing exhibit features a dark atmosphere with illumination from below.  

Snake Tower (secret museum) 

The snake symbolized wellness and healing during ancient times. This is why snake carvings and imprints are seen in the tower from the time of the Knights that built the castle. It was believed that this tower was once a place of healing and served as a wellness center. Today, it houses artifacts that symbolize birth, life, and death.  

Carian Princess Hall 

Another notable exhibit is the Carian Princess Hall. This exhibit is full of rich burial treasures from the Carian Princess. She was a noble lady who was buried in the 300s BC.  

Coins and Jewelry Hall 

One of the most popular exhibits in the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology is the coins and jewelry exhibit. Like today, coins and jewelry symbolize wealth and status in the ancient world. This exhibit lets you imagine what life was like for some of the ancient city’s most wealthy and powerful.  

Amphoras Exhibition 

An amphora is a clay vessel with two handles that can readily be seen throughout ancient Rome and Greece. They have wide, large bodies and narrow necks. These containers held everything from olive oil and wine to grains and nuts. They were often used as the ancient world’s shipping containers, which means they are often found among shipwrecks. This exhibit lets you experience what everyday life and trade were like in the ancient world.  

Kas-Ulu Burun Shipwreck 

Visiting the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology is your chance to see shipwrecks up close. Several preserved ships are on display in the museum. One of the most famous ships on display is the Uluburun shipwreck. It took a decade of careful excavation to preserve this beautiful antiquity from the Bronze Age. It is considered one of the greatest finds from the Era. Other ships on display include:  

  • Finike-Gelidonya shipwreck (12th century BC) 
  • Bodrum-Yassiada shipwreck (Byzantine, 7th century AD) 
  • Bodrum-Yassiada shipwreck (Ottoman, 16th century AD) 

How to Visit  

If you want to visit the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, you can go between 8:30 and 5 pm seven days a week. There is an entrance fee, and tickets can be purchased on-site. Keep in mind that the ticket counter closes 30 minutes before the museum closes. However, you will want to give yourself more than 30 minutes to see the entire museum and castle.  

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