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Selçuk, Turkey Sightseeing in Selçuk   page 4

The Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Selçuk, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

The main entrance of the Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Selçuk
on this page:
Ephesus Archaeological
Sights in and around
Detailed information about some of Selçuk's sights can
be found with the photos in our three-part photo gallery.
The nearby archaeological site of ancient Ephesus
has its own travel guide and photo gallery.
Ephesus Archaeological
Museum, Selçuk

The major renovation and expansion work on the museum has finally been completed (see Museum Boom part 1 at The Cheshire Cat Blog), and it was reopened in 2015.

The enlarged museum, reputed to be one of Turkey's finest small museums, now has five times as many exhibits as before the renovation, with over 3,000 artifacts never before on display.

There is also is a garden with a café for history-overloaded, foot-weary visitors.

Ephesus Archaeological Museum

(Turkish, Efes Müzesi)

Atatürk Mahallesi, Uğur Mumcu Sevgi Yolu, Selçuk.

Tel: +90 232 892 8828


The museum is in the centre of Selçuk, across the main Atatürk Caddesi (D550) highway from the Otogar (bus station), about 15 minutes walk from the railway station and 3 km from the Ephesus Archaeological site.

See photos and more information about the museum
and its exhibits in Selçuk photo gallery 2.

Opening times

The museum is open 365 day a year.

Summer (April - October) 8.00 – 19.00

Winter (November - March) 8.00 - 17.00


10 TL
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Selçuk coat of arms

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photo galleries

Selcuk photo gallery 1 - town of Selcuk, Turkey

gallery 1
Selçuk town

Selcuk photo gallery 2 - Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Turkey

gallery 2
Ephesus Museum

Selcuk photo gallery 3 - Serbian folk dancers in Selcuk, Turkey

gallery 3
Serbian dancers

The My Favourite Planet travel guide to Ephesus, Turkey


the nearby archaeological site
Places of interest in and around Selçuk  
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See photos and information
about the following sights
in Selçuk photo gallery 1:

Information on these pages includes opening times
and admission charges where appropriate.

The Byzantine fortress on the citadel of Ayasuluk

The Temple of Artemis

The Basilica of Saint John

The Isa Bey Mosque (Isa Bey Camii)

Storks on the Byzantine aqueduct

Ephesus Archaeological Site

The main reason why most people come to Selçuk is to see the remains of the ancient city of Ephesus,
3 km southwest of the town.

See the My Favourite Planet travel guide to Ephesus.

Open every day
Summer (April-October): 08:30 - 19:00
Winter (November-March) 08:00 - 17:00
Admission charge: 30 TL

For further information about other sights around Ephesus, see Ephesus page 4: Sightseeing, including:

the Terrace Houses, Ephesus

the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Ephesus

the House of the Virgin Mary

The House of the Virgin Mary

Turkish, Meryemana, Mother Mary's House

A Roman Catholic and Muslim shrine, on Mount Koressos (Bülbül Daği, Nightingale Mountain), 9 km southwest of Selçuk, 6 km from Ephesus.

See Ephesus page 4: Sightseeing

Saadet Hatun Public Bath Museum

An ethnographical museum which is part of the Ephesus Archaeological Museum complex. The exhibits include tools, utensils and handicraft objects made and used for personal, domestic, agricultural and commercial purposes in local towns and villages

The museum is housed in a 16th century hamam (public baths) which was built, according to an inscription, by Saadet Hatun. Nothing is known about this woman, but she is thought to have been from a local noble family. The building was derelict for many years before it was renovated 1970-1972 by the Ephesus Museum.

Along with the Ephesus Museum, this museum is also closed for renovation (see above), and will not reopen before August 2014.

Çamlık Open-Air Railway Museum

The Çamlık Railway Museum (also known as the Çamlık Steam Locomotive Museum; in Turkish Çamlık Tren Müzesi or Çamlık Buharlı Lokomotif Müzesi), in the village of Camlik (around 12 km south of Selçuk), is the largest railway museum in Turkey, run by Atilla Mısırlıoğlu.

33 steam locomotives from Germany, France, Britain and the USA are on display, as well as Ataturk's private railway carriage.

There are regular dolmuşes (minibuses, see page 5: getting there) between Selçuk Otogar (bus station) and Çamlık, stopping outside the museum. You can also take a train from Izmir or Selçuk to Çamlık train station, from where the museum is a 1 km walk.

Open daily 8:00 and 20:00. Admission 5 TL.

Çamlık Buharlı Lokomotif Müzesi, Çamlık Köyu, Selçuk-İzmir, Türkiye.

Tel: (+90-232) 89 48 116      Website: (currently unavailable)

There is plenty of information about the museum, with photos and a downloadable illustrated booklet at:


A quaint (touristy) traditional hill village 8 km southeast of Selçuk, with narrow streets, old houses, fruit orchards, home-made wine and lace made by the local women. It has a few pensions and restaurants. Formerly Kirkince, founded by Greeks around 800 years ago. Since the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1924 it has been inhabited by Muslims from Thessaloniki.

Dolmuşes run between Selçuk and Şirince (8 km) about every 30 minutes in summer, less frequently out of season.


The busy, brash seaside town 18 km southwest of Selçuk, with its beaches, bazaars, bars...

Dolmuşes run between Selçuk and Kuşadası
about every 30 minutes.

See page 5 - getting there and our guide to Kuşadası.

Pamucak Beach

The long, sandy beach beach, about 5 km west of Selçuk. Minibuses to Kuşadası will drop you off within walking distance.

The Karakol Yani Camii mosque, Selcuk, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

The 14th century Karakol Yani Camii mosque,
near the Ephesus Archaeological Museum.

The Saadet Hatun Public Bath Museum, Selcuk, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

The 16th century Saadet Hatun Hamam,
now restored as an ethnographical museum.
Next to the Ephesus Archaeological Museum.

The Treasure antique shop, Selcuk, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

"The Treasure" antique shop, Selçuk.

Public water fountain in Selcuk, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

A public water fountain in Selçuk, decorated
with Ottoman-style ceramic tiles.

Belevi Mausoleum

The Belevi Mausoleum is a large Hellenistic tomb, thought to have been built around 301-281 BC as the grave of Lysimachus (circa 360-281 BC), one of Alexander the Great's generals and successors (see our History of Pergamon). However, he was never buried here, since he was killed at the Battle of Corupedium (281 BC) against King Seleucus I Nicator (circa 358 - 281 BC) and his body was taken to Lysimachia in Thrace. It is believed that it eventually became the grave of one of Seleucus' successors, King Antiochus II Theos (ruled 261–246 BC). According to other theories, the Mentor of Rhodos or his brother Memnon or Menandros (another of Alexander's officers) may have been buried here.

It is the second largest mausoleum in Anatolia after the similar, and older, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (built 353-350 BC), after which it may have been modelled.

The ruins of the monument are near the modern village of Belevi, in the valley of the Küçük Menderes river (the ancient Kaystros), 14 km northeast of Selçuk, next to the Izmir to Aydin highway. There are said to be regular dolmuşes which will drop you near the site, but so far we have no further details.

Although the countryside around the site is beautiful, there is not much to see: just the remains of the mausoleum's base and rows of column parts lying on the ground. For dedicated fans of ancient history and architecture only? Sculptures from the Belevi Mausoleum can be seen in the Ephesus Museum, Selçuk and the Izmir Archaeological Museum.

A male statue from the Belevi Mausoleum at My Favourite Planet

A statue from the Belevi Mausoleum.
Hellenistic period.

Izmir Museum of History and Art.

Sütni Cave

Outside Selçuk, with stalagmites and stalactites which drip white water into the cave. According to local superstition, mothers who do not have enough milk for their babies drink the water from the cave.

Selçuk Gebekirse lake

Gebekirse Lake (Turkish, Gebekirse Gölü) is a nature reserve, 14 km northwest of Selçuk, 23 km from Kusadasi, near the village of Zeytinköy. It has around 40 species of birds and animals, including pelicans, ducks, woodcocks, wild boar, foxes and jackals. Çatal Lake (Çatal Gölü) is just 2 km east of it.
For information about travelling to Söke, Priene, Miletus, Didyma and Altınkum, Davutla, Güzelçamlı, Panonion, Dilek Peninsula - Büyük Menderes Delta National Park, Denizli/Pamukkale, Bodrum, Izmir, Istanbul...
see page 5 - getting there.

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See also
The Cheshire Cat Blog
photo essays about Turkey:

Istanbul Essentials part 1

Istanbul Essentials part 2

Istanbul Essentials part 3
with video

Ionian Spring part 1

Ionian Spring part 2

Ionian Spring part 3
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