Kırklareli Museum is a national museum in Kırklareli, Turkey, exhibiting natural history specimens, ethnographical items related to the region's history of cultural life, and archaeological artifacts found in and around the city. The director of the museum is Derya Balkan.
The museum's building was constructed for Mutasarrıf Neşet Pasha and mayor Hacı Mestan Efendi in 1894. It was used as the municipality office until 1962. In the 1970s, the building was vacated and left to decay. In 1983, restoration of the building began and continued with interruptions, until it was completed in 1993 and opened as a museum.
The museum is a two-story building with a basement. The reinforced concrete building has arch-like windows on all four sides. A bay window on the first floor, in the center of the building front, is supported by four columns flanking the main entrance. The museum consists of three sections for "culture and nature", "ethnography", and "archaeology". The museum has a total of 3,507 registered items, including 1,882 coins, 1,110 archaeological artifacts, and 515 items related to ethnography.
The museum serves as a center for historic research of the region, as well as collaboration with scientific institutions, assisting and guiding them. Its main duty is to register the natural and cultural properties in the region. Currently, the register lists a total of 269 preservations, including 98 archaeological sites, 3 urban sites, 13 natural reserve areas, and 155 single-building historic sites.
The museum is open seven days a week from 9:00–18:00 local time between April 15 and October 26. It is closed on Mondays. Access to the museum is free of charge. In 2013, a total of 9,362 people, including 417 foreign tourists, visited the museum. In 2014, the number of visitors was 9,066, of which 535 came from abroad.
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Very small museum, it is free of charge, but parking is an issue. You can find different items from antiquette, roman and ottoman periods. more »
Küçük bir müze eser sayısı az ama esas sorun özellikle yöresel kültüre ait kısımda bilgilendirmeler eksik. Diğerlerinde ise bazı eserlerin kartları sadece Türkçe yazılmış. more »The number of small museum works is small, but the main problem is that information is missing, especially in the section of the local culture. In others, the cards of some works are written only in Turkish.
A great little collection of neolithic, ancient greek/roman and ottoman items, ranging from statues to pottery to clothing. If you happen to be around, do stop by as there is no entrance fee.
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