It was first established in 1930 in the Hunat Hatun Medrese and moved to its present building built on Kışla Street in Gültepe section of the city in 1969. The collection is displayed in two large halls and the garden, in a chronological order.
The display in the first hall starts with samples of the plain and coloured ceramics of the Old Bronze Age and alabaster idols. These are followed by items from Kültepe excavations which belong to the Assyrian merchantilist Colonies Age which are given typologically.They include inscribed tablets, round, beak and clover mouthed jugs, bowls, vases, fruit cups, animal shaped drink cups (Rython), moulds, metal items, syclindirical seals and seal presses. In the narrow south section of the same hall there are the stone statues of the Late Hittite age and hieroglyph inscribed steles.
In the second hall; after the plain and coloured ceramics from Phrygian Age in the passage corridor, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine pieces collected from the vicinity of Kayseri, and tomb offerings from the Beştepeler and Garipler tumuli. In the garden; Hellenistic and Roman and Byzantine age marble statues, tomb stellar, sarcophagi and large jars from baked earth are displayed in open air.
The Archaeological Museum of Kayseri
It is located in the Centre Melikgazi District of the Kayseri province at no. 2 Kışla Caddesi in Gültepe neighbourhood, in a building on plot no. 17 in block no. 1200. The construction of the museum building was started in 1965 and it started to function in 1969 following the completion of exhibition and display works.
The two storey museum in a 8704 m² garden, has a usable space of 580 m². The building consists of two large halls, a corridor and offices and storage area.
The museum collection which has only archaeological material is exhibited and displayed in a chronological order as far as possible in the two large halls and the garden. At the entrance of hall no. 1 there are examples of painted and monochrome pottery and marble (alabastron) idols from the early Bronze Age. Further on, there are the findings from Kültepe, which belong to the Assyrian Trading Colonies exhibited in a typological order. Among these, tablets with hieroglyph inscriptions, round beak and clove shaped sprouted baked earth jugs, pots, vases, fruit plates, cylindric and stamp seals, animal shaped rythons, metal objects and moulds are prominent. In the narrow southern section of the same hall, stone statues and stellar with hieroglyph insriptions dating from the late- Hittite period are exhibited.
In the corridor which leads to the second hall, there are samples of painted and monochrome ceramics of the Phrygian period. In hall no. 2, material from Hellenistic - Roman and Byzantine period scollected from the vicinity of Kayseri, grave offerings discovered at the Beştepeler - Garipler tumuli and the Heracles sarcophagus and umas are exhibited.
In the garden, marble statues of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, grave stellar, sarcophagi and large baked earth jugs are displayed in the open air.
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It is located in Kağnıpazarı section of the Kayseri centre, in the medrese built by Hunat Hatun, the wife of Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad. The building is one of the best examples of open court and double anti chamber type Seljuk architecture. On each side of the antichamber at the end, there is a large room, and on the sides there is a total of 16 equal sized rooms, eight to each side. Displays are in these rooms.
Examples of tiles, weapons, woodwork, metalwork, manuscripts, rugs, kilims and man and women's costumes from the Turkish Islamic culture which reflect the local characteristics of Kayseri region are displayed at the museum. In addition to these the coins from the Turkish - Islamic period made from gold, silver and bronze are shown in a chronological order.
Museum is located in the males section (selamlık) of the Güpgüpoğlu Mansion and leans onto the walls of the outer citadel in the east. It has a two-storey dense mass. The ground floor which originally was for the animals is currently renovated as an exhibition hall.
The upper floor is reached with an exterior staircase. The rooms are arranged around a central hall. In the large room to the east of the hall glass, tile and wood - metal works from the Seljuk and Ottoman periods are displayed while the entrance corridor to the second room displays fire arms, sharp weapons and male garments. Female garments and ornaments are exhibited in the small room
In the larger of the two rooms to the south of the hall there are coins belonging to the Turkish - Islamic states and the other room have manuscripts. The large room in the west holds a collection of copper household goods, rugs and kilims.
In the semi - enclosed pavillion in the north there is a Türkmen tent. Tombstones from the Islamic period are displayed in the garden
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