Marmaris Castle and the Archaeology Museum is the only huge historic landmark and the only museum in Marmaris. It is believed that Marmaris Castle was first built by the Ionians (1044 BC) and later on repaired during the era of the Alexander the Great. A fantastic day out at the site is also one the best things to do in Marmaris.
The Castle was rebuilt and widened by Suleyman the Magnificent during his campaign for the Greek island of Rhodes in 1522. Suleyman the Magnificent used the castle as a military base for his troops. During World War I, the castle was cannon fired by the French Fleet and had a huge damage.
Till 1970s, the castle has been an accommodation area. There are 18 houses, a fountain and an arc inside the castle area. Finally, the castle was restored during the years 1980-1990 and the site now serves as an archaeology museum since 1991.
What to See?
The Castle has an outstanding landscape. It is one of the best viewpoints overlooking the Marmaris bay. Highly recommended for a daily visit and enjoying the exciting Marmaris panorama both during the day and night.
Marmaris Archaeology Museum
The museum has seven indoor areas;
- Two of them are organized as an archaeology lounge.
- One of them is organized as an ethnography lounge.
- Remaining areas are used as art galleries and storage.
- Amphoras belonging to the Helenistic, Roman and Byzantium era.
- Earthenware, glassware works, coins and ornaments from the diggings of Knidos, Hisaronu and Burgaz regions.
You’ll see; weaving works, carpets, furniture, copper kitchen pieces, weapons and ornaments belonging to the Ottoman era.
Visiting Hours & Admissions
every day between 08:30-19:00 (17:30 in winter season, 31 October-01 April)
No closed days
Ticket counters close 30 minutes before the museum’s closing time.
How to Get There?
Marmaris Castle and the Archaeology Museum inside is situated at the old town of Marmaris, on the hills behind the Marmaris Marina.
Address: central Marmaris, behind the marina
Tel: +90 252 412 14 59