The Periods of Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic; then the Dorians, the Carians, the Leleges, the Megarans, the Persians; followed by the Civilisations of Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Turkish-Islamic, and Ottoman... As habitual, the ages and civilizations are listed one after another; when it comes to the history of cities... Footprints of the past, historical monuments that resemble the city, ruins, shrines...

Bodrum is a sophisticated town. It sheds light on history by displaying its unique accumulation brought by ages. After the “Bodrum Mausoleum Monument Museum”, the “Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology”, the “Zeki Muren Arts Museum” and the “Bodrum Maritime Museum”, Bodrum is counting the days for the “Town Museum”. 

For the culture created by such a great history, exhibition halls, museums, and even books are not enough. The Municipality of Bodrum saying that cultural heritage is the heritage of identity is getting ready to start up a Town Museum to the buildings where the former lodging of the local authority and the former residence of district governor are. The historical buildings, the restoration of which are completed and which represent the cultural heritage, are preparing to meet with the magnificent past of Bodrum.

In the first structure as a museum concept; there will be engravings, information on the Region of Caria and Halicarnassus; and there will also be some digital rooms, where the ancient researchers and historians, who had made marks on the region, (beginning from Herodotus, Strabon, Pausanias) and the people identified with the town (Kizilhisar Mustafa Pasha, Dragut, Cevat Sakir, Neyzen Tevfik) are to be introduced; and myths, legends, folk songs are to be presented.

The other building of the Town Museum consists of rooms with different stories, such as Daily Life, Bodrum Cuisine, Bodrum Weddings, etc. and emphasizing our cultural values including ethnographic works.

In the garden of the Museum, occupational groups that have an important place in the history of the town are to be revived. On 27 October, Bodrum Town Museum displayed a powerful archive of photographs interpreting the city’s culture from different angles. 

The exhibitions; the “Bodrum Brides”, the “Old Photographs of Bodrum”, the “Traditional Kitchen Appliances” by the volunteers of the movement of Slow Food and “Bodrum Exchanged People” by Dilek Uslu (The population exchange had happened between Greece and Turkey in 1923), are able to be visited until 27 November.

Bodrum Town Museum is preparing to share its powerful archive with all its visitors in the near future.