From east to west, Anatolia has long been the crossroads of civilization. You will uncover evidence of people who trod on the same ground ages before you in each city you visit in Turkey. Anatolia, known as the cradle of civilization, has been the home of numerous civilizations, from the tiniest to the most powerful empires, thanks to its rich grounds. They all left their imprints, creating Anatolia, a site where undiscovered ancient civilizations' footprints are still waiting to be uncovered.
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is the best place in the country to grasp the intricate web of Anatolia's history. Artifacts from nearly every significant archaeological site in Anatolia are featured in the exhibits.
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is located in the Atpazarı neighborhood of Ankara, Turkey, on the south side of Ankara Castle. The workrooms, library, conference hall, laboratory, and workshop are all located in Kurşunlu Han, which is used as an administrative building. The exhibits are housed in an old bazaar building. The museum houses many Anatolian archaeology exhibits within this Ottoman structure.
The central hall houses reliefs and statuary, while the surrounding halls take you on a journey through time, from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods to the Bronze Age Assyrian and Hittite eras, and finally to the Iron Age's Phrygian and Urartian periods.
The exhibits are organized chronologically, beginning with the Palaeolithic and Neolithic displays to the right of the entrance and moving counterclockwise. Before visiting the central hall, complete the loop and return downstairs to see displays of Roman artifacts discovered during excavations in and around Ankara.
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, one of the few museums in the world with its unique collections and Anatolian archaeological artifacts, was awarded the title of Museum of the Year in Europe in 1997.