Adana Museum

Adana Museum

The Adana Museum, also known as the Adana Archaeology Museum, is a venerable institution that preserves the archaeological heritage of Cilicia. One of the oldest museums in Turkey, it is located in the city of Adana.

During the French occupation of Cilicia in 1919, the Adana Museum was established. Its initial collection was a varied assemblage of objects gathered by local civilians and military personnel, as well as items from Silifke.

Adana Museum

Following the establishment of the republic in 1923, Alyanakzade Halil Kamil Bey, a native of Adana, was appointed as the director of the museum. Thanks to his diligent efforts, all the accumulated materials were transferred to the madrasah section of Cafer Pasha Mosque in 1928.

The Adana Museum showcases a vast collection of artifacts from different periods, including Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Archaic. Among its impressive exhibits are numerous Roman artifacts, such as beautifully adorned sarcophagi, jugs, catapult shots, inscriptions, altars, and other architectural elements.

The museum also houses artifacts from specific excavations carried out in the region, which are displayed separately. Among these treasures is the Akhilleus sarcophagus, a marble sarcophagus from Tarsus that depicts the Trojan Wars in high relief.

The Adana Museum boasts several famous artifacts, including a sarcophagus adorned with a medusa from the ancient city of Augusta, which is now submerged due to the Seyhan Dam Reservoir. Another renowned exhibit is the life-size bronze Karataş Statue from Magarsus ancient city in Karataş.

Furthermore, the museum proudly showcases the only known inscription that mentions Apollonius of Tyana from the 3rd to 4th century AD. These are among the many treasures that can be found in the museum, which previously housed the famous artifacts mentioned above in its old location.