The history of the Ethnography Museum, which was established in the Altındağ district of Ankara on July 18, 1930, and which was known to be the first state museum that was opened to public service until 10 November 1953, dates back to the pre-Seljuk State. Before the Seljuks, it is the place where people of the era are prayed and prayed from time to time on the hill known as Namazgah of Ankara. It is known that a madrasah was built on the Namazgah Hill during the period of Sultan Alaaddin Keykavus during the Seljuk period. During the Ottoman period, the name of the Hill was changed and it was named as the Muslim Cemetery, and this hill was made a sacred place. Because it is stated that Muslims started to flock to this hill especially to perform Friday and Eid Prayers, to hold some religious meetings or religious ceremonies. It is known that there were activities such as rain prayers and soldier farewell in the Republican period.
The decision to turn this hill into a museum in 1924, as Ankara was also the capital in the years when the Republic was declared, was donated to the Ministry of Education on November 15, 1925 by the General Directorate of Vakıflar Bank, where the Muslim cemetery known as Namazgah Hill, where people go to pray. Later, Namazgah Hill was named Ethnography and 1250 historical artifacts collected from various parts of the world are transferred to the Ethnography Museum. The foundation of the Ankara Ethnography Museum, which is composed of religious and national pieces, is laid with a very flamboyant ceremony and it is stated that İsmet İnönü first took the trowel. Also, let’s not go without saying when it comes to its place The architect of the Ethnography Museum is Arif Hikmet Koyunoğlu, one of the most valuable and competent architects of the time.
Ethnography Museum was built on an area of approximately 854 square meters and it was designed in a rectangular structure. The Ankara Ethnography Museum, which consists of a single-storey building built on the basement floor, exits with a 24-step staircase and has 4 columns. Each area of the museum is built with inspiration from the Seljuks architecture, and is a complete work of art with its pointed arched columns, engravings in the dome and dome, the pool in the middle of the courtyard. Marble stones were used in almost the entire building. The museum has 10 halls, 1 archive, 1 library, administrative departments and 1 warehouse.
Where is Ethnography Museum?
Ethnography Museum is located on Talatpaşa Boulevard in Gündoğdu District of Altındağ District of Ankara Province. Turkey, and even guests from various parts of the world and can easily find the Ethnographic Museum here has the opportunity to reach with all kinds of transportation.