Kayseri Archaeological Museum

The Kayseri Archaeological Museum first opened its doors in 1969, but museum activities in Kayser began much earlier, with the order of Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey. In the early 19th century, the historical artifacts that were found around the region were collected in a school and later moved to its modern building. The collection includes artifacts from the Assyrian Trade Colonies, Phrygia, Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. Plus, the artifacts that were found during the Kultepe, also known as Kanesh or Nesha, and Bestepeler-Garipler tumuli digs can be seen. The Pamphylia-style Kayseri Heracles Sarcophagus, which was found in 1991, is the rarest artifact in the museum.