The Women’s Museum in Konak, Izmir is a different museum where only women are the subject. The Women’s Museum is located in a historical building on three floors and on each floor we encounter women who have left their mark on history and objects related to women. Right at the entrance, there is a photograph of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s adopted daughter Nebile dancing at her wedding.
We are familiar with the exhibits in the museum from the museums and places we have visited. Osman Hamdi Bey’s Two Musical Girls, painted in 1880, is one of the works with a female concept. The painting, now on display at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, depicts two young Ottoman women playing traditional Turkish musical instruments. You can also see Frida Kahlo and Mona Lisa in the same room.
The museum also features stone sculptures of women found and excavated in Turkey. A 6th century BC statue of a mother goddess from Çatalhöyük in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum is one of them. The goddess statue exhibited in the Niğde Museum and the goddess statue excavated from İkiztepe in the Samsun Museum are among the ones you can see.
Artemis, the most famous woman of antiquity, daughter of Zeus and Leto, sister of Apollo, is also mentioned. The Gypsy Girl Mosaic exhibited at the Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum is not forgotten. A replica of the mosaic suddenly appears.
20th century tulle and flower embroidered wedding dresses, materials of Yoruk women, must-have jewelry for women and the clothes they wore in their period are also on display. A place has also been reserved for women’s events that have affected the society, and you can also see sections from the press such as newspaper clippings.
You can learn about Zübeyde Hanım, one of the pioneering women of the Republican Period, Sabiha Gökçen, the first female pilot, Turkish painter Fahrelnisa Zeid, the sister of the writer Evat Şakir Kabaağaç, known as the Fisherman of Halicarnassus, Kara Fatma, one of the important symbols of the War of Independence, Cahide Sonku, the first female film director of Turkish cinema, Turkish politician Müfide İlhan, the daughter of Field Marshal Fevzi Çakmak’s brother, and dozens of other women.
What is the entrance fee to Izmir Women’s Museum?
Entrance to Izmir Women’s Museum is free.
Where is Izmir Women’s Museum and how to get there?
To go to the Women’s Museum in Izmir Konak, you must enter the 1298th street via Anafartalar Street. You will see the museum on the corner 60 meters after entering the street.