The Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology

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Bodrum, Turkey

The Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology Reviews

Eric Eric
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unique museum in a memorable setting Dec 30, 2008
There isn't a whole lot to do in Bodrum during the off-season, but the Museum of Underwater Archaeology probably ranks as the top attraction.

Contrary to what you might think, it's not underwater, which would make it cooler by orders of magnitude. Instead, most of the exhibits deal with artifacts recovered from the numerous shipwrecks around Bodrum and Turkey.

The museum is set in the Castle of St. Peter's, an ancient fortress built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 1400s. Many of the exhibits are outdoors, while walking along the walls of the castle, you can experience views of the ocean and the harbor.

The Lonely Planet sings high praises of this museum as an example of how all museums should be. I wouldn't go that far, but it's a good museum with some interesting exhibits.

My favorite exhibit, by far, was the "glass room" -- a dark room with different glassware lit up with different colored lights. A lot of the glassware is exquisite in detail and remarkably well preserved.
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