Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology (Bodrum Sualti Arkeoloji Muzesi)
Dive into Turkey’s maritime history as you explore the 14 exhibitions, which include shipwrecks from the Bronze, Archaic, Classic, and Hellenistic Ages. Among the most impressive finds are a restored Roman shipwreck dating back to the 7th century AD; one of the world’s largest collections of ancient glassware; and what is believed to be the tomb of Queen Ada of Halicarnassus.
Another notable exhibit focuses on the Uluburun shipwreck. Discovered on Turkey’s southwestern coast in 1982, the sunken ship dates back to the 14th century BC and is largely regarded as one of the world’s greatest Bronze Era finds, filled with everything from elephant tusks to a gold scarab that once belonged to Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.
Things to know before you go
- A must for history buffs, the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology is regarded as having one of the leading collections of its kind in the world.
- There is a fee to enter and small fees to access several exhibitions.
- The medieval castle is full of old passageways and steps, meaning that wheelchair and stroller access is very limited.
How to get there
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology is located in Bodrum Castle on the eastern side of Bodrum Harbor. It’s an easy 5-minute walk from downtown or else taxis will drop you off right outside.
When to get there
The museum is open daily except for Mondays. It’s busiest in July and August, but be aware that the museum isn’t air-conditioned—visit early or late in the day to avoid the hottest (and most crowded) times of the day.
Bodrum’s Historic Wonders
Those interested in Turkey’s ancient history will find a number of notable sites in Bodrum—the modern city is built on the site of the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus. Explore the hillside Bodrum Amphitheater, which dates back to the 4th century BC and affords views over the city below. Continue to the Myndos Gate, the ancient city gate that was breached by Alexander the Great in 333 BC, then visit the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the elaborate tomb of King Mausolus, which is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
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