Sivas Congress and Ethnography Museum The Sivas Congress Hall and Ethnography Museum, situated in the heart of Sivas, was originally a high school that was later transformed into a center for Turkish nationalists preparing for independence from occupying forces. The congress, which took place between 4-12 September 1919, was followed by Mustafa Kemal Pasha and his companions staying in the building until their departure for Ankara on December 18 of that year. After their departure, the building reverted to being a high school until 1930 when it underwent renovations. In 1990, after six years of restoration work, the building opened its doors as the Museum of Congress. The three-story museum is an excellent example of Ottoman civil architecture from the 19th century, featuring a basement laboratory, photo gallery, and storage areas for scientific purposes. The ethnography section is located on the ground floor and showcases weapons in one room, while the upper floor houses the Atatürk and Congress section. The museum's Hacı Beslen room exhibits ethnographic items such as coins, calligraphy, and paintings. Visitors can also admire the collection of Sivas rugs and a 12th-century wooden mimber (pulpit) from Divriği castle mosque. In addition, there is a room named başoda, or "headroom," which represents the guest room of wealthy citizens during the Ottoman era. Items from Divriği Ulu Mosque, copper works, tekke articles, and clothing are displayed in other rooms of the museum. The Sivas Congress Hall and Ethnography Museum is a fascinating destination for those interested in Ottoman history and culture.