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Troy Museum

17100 Tevfikiye, Çanakkale

Summer season: April 15 to Oct 2 8:30am - 7pm last entrance at 6:30pm Winter season: Oct 3 to April 14 8:30am to 5:30pm last entrance at 5:00pm Free entrance with Museum card. Open every day

Direct access by car. Parking outside the museum.

This new and exciting addition to Troy is a wonder in itself. The Troy Museum’s surprisingly modern architecture, a sort of science-fiction structure in the middle of the fields is worth the drive. As Barnaby Rogerson wrote in issue no.60, “The museum interior is a four-storey tower of enchantment. They have created a physical form that subdivides the story of Troy into digestible and quite separate chunks of history which can all be individually accessed by an exterior ramp, which slowly winds its way up to the view from the flat roof.”

Rogerson also highlights the Polyxena Sarcophagus which “vividly relates a Trojan myth, but it was not from Troy. It was discovered in 1994 in Gümüşçay, 120 kilometers to the East. It is exceptional, not only because it is dated 500-490 BC (the period of the Persian Empire) and is therefore the oldest figurative sarcophagus in Anatolia, but because it is so moving and so utterly modern, shivering in very low relief.

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