Located in Selcuk small town of Izmir, Ephesus Museum holds archaeological artefacts collected around the Ruins. Ephesus is popularly known as among the precious and ancient sites in Turkey due to its rich history as well as cultural background. The place is recognized by many as the city created by the son of king of Athens, Androclos. Holding a rich history and cultural background. Museum recently has been renovated and it is now re open to visitors. Currently, entrance fee of the museum is 15 Turkish liras. There a some gift shops for some souvenirs to take home.
Archaeological museum is 4 km away from where the ancient city ruins is found. It can be seen near the entrance of the city’s famous Basilica of St. John, displaying excavations from the ancient city of the place. Its main highlights include the two statues of Ephesian Artemis, mosaics and frescoes.
Facts about the Museum
What to Find
All our full day tour packages includes this museum and the entrance fee. If you wish to book a half day tour and visit the museum, you will have to modify tour itinerary by booking a custom Ephesus tour.
The museum displays the archaeological pieces found around the ruins of the city. Early discoveries prior to the World War II are taken to Vienna while the many of the remaining archaeological pieces are put to the museum. The museum holds archaeological facts from the ancient city’s Terrace houses including:
- Cosmetic boxes
- Funerary goods
- Plus coins; and
- Ancient statuary
Archaeological museum also houses the famous effigy of Priapus, the Phallic God, Artemis statue and early gladiators cemetery excavation with their training regimens, weaponry and occupational hazards. The museum also houses the fresco from the Hadrian’s Temple showing four heroic Amazons with their cut off breasts.
Roman Period House Finds Room
Another historical display the museum houses is the Ivory Frieze. This archaeological artefact has originated from the one of the Slope Houses upper story. It depicts the Trojan emperor together with Roman soldiers who had battled barbarians. Other historical items displayed in the Roman Period House Finds Room includes a collection of cosmetic and medical tools that were used the medical school in the Roman times together with a wall portrait of the Ephesian physicians long ago.
The Hall of Artemis
In the courtyards, more monumental artefacts are displayed such as the remains from the Isis temple or also known as the Temple of Augustus, the Sarcophagus with Muses of the 3rd century AD, as well as the Ephesus Monument that is inscribed with the ancient city’s tax regulations issues by the late Emperor Nero, dated 62 AD. The museums final exhibit displays the Roman sculptures including the frieze originated from the Temple of Hadrian. This important artefact depicts the birth of Artemis cult and the founding of the Ancient ruins of Ephesus as well as the flight of the Amazons. The addition of the Imperial Palace adds life to the splendour and greatness of the antiques. It provides a great panorama of the military scenes during the city’s old age, depicting the ancient battle, art of riding, hunt and victory. With Ephesus Museum, one can admire the valuable records of sunken culture.