3 Unmissable Museums in Bodrum

Bodrum was once a small sponge diving village on the Aegean coast and still has quaint backstreets lined with whitewashed stone houses.

by Lisa Morrow

It’s grown since then and now includes the original town centre, and hamlets such as Yalikavak and Gümüşlük nestled in the secluded bays of the peninsula. Today it’s possible to enjoy some great museum and art galleries in this glorious summer resort, adding to its reputation as an unrivalled summer destination. Here are three to add to your collection.

Ender Güzey ARTHill Museum 

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Set high in the scrub-covered hills of the Bodrum peninsula, the ARTHill Museum looks like it belongs in a post-modern city rather than a peaceful coastal setting. However the thick concrete walls represent a cube standing on a bull’s horns and reflect the many civilisations which thrived in Anatolia, ancient Turkey. The building cocoons and displays the creative works of well-known Turkish artist Ender Güzey. Trained in Munich, Güzey lectured in art and performance in Germany, Turkey and America. He held numerous exhibitions in each of these countries, before opening ARTHill. As well as a permanent exhibition space, the museum hosts art events year round.

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Zeki Müren Art Museum 

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Bodrum has long been the summer escape of Turkish stars of stage and screen, with many moving permanently. Singer Zeki Müren, exceptionally talented and endowed with a melodious voice, was one. As famous for his singing as for his personal style, he appeals to Turks of all ages, from rebellious teenagers to conservative grandmothers. One and all loved his perfectly manicured eyebrows, glittery eyeshadow, mascara and beautifully varnished nails. His private home, converted into a museum in 2000, contains his flamboyant, multi-coloured stage outfits such as feathered capes, shiny miniskirts and platform heels of his public persona. Other rooms reveal his private life, away from the spotlight.

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Bodrum Maritime Museum 

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Surrounded by water on all sides, it’s no surprise one of Bodrum’s main museums is dedicated to the sea. The Bodrum Maritime Museum is a treasure trove of Turkish boating history. Hand-crafted scaled down workboats once used for sponge diving, fishing and transportation, vie for attention with model gulet, sturdy yet elegant wooden sailing boats now used for luxury Blue Voyage tours. The museum’s eclectic and visually striking displays demonstrate the special mastery needed to construct the boats and preserves Bodrum’s centuries old maritime culture.

 

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