Silifke Museum is a museum with a very rich archaeological and ethnographic collection. The artifacts unearthed as a result of excavations in Silifke and surrounding areas were first stored in Cumhuriyet Primary School between 1958 and 1973, and moved to its current building in 1976.
Immovable cultural assets such as Caves of Heaven and Hell, Seleukeia, Korykos, Uzuncaburç, Aphrodisias in Tisan, St. Thekla Sanctuary, Kkoriasion, Kelenderis, Mylea, Meydancık and Ura are the main regions under the responsibility of Silifke Museum. The artifacts excavated from the works carried out in these regions are carried to the Silifke Museum warehouse and if there is an artifact that is important enough to be exhibited, this artifact takes its place in the museum.
Silifke Museum contains artifacts from many periods from the Neolithic period to the Seljuk and Ottoman periods. The museum is of normal size. Major artifacts from each period and area are exhibited.
In the Stone Works Hall, where artifacts from the Archaic and Roman periods are exhibited, various sculptures and works such as amphorae are on display. Gold, silver ornaments and coins are also exhibited in the Hall of Coins and Jewelry. In this hall, you can see Alexander coins, coins of Egypt, Thrace, Macedonia, Pergamon kingdoms, Roman and Ottoman coins.
One of the important historical relics that can be seen in the museum is a sea cow fossil. The fact that it was found 120 km inland from the coast and at an altitude of 300 meters makes the matter more interesting. The fact that the sea cow, which normally lives in coastal waters, was found in Mersin’s Mut district means that Mut district was under water 20 million years ago. You can see the fossil in the room at the entrance to the museum.
In the Archaeological Artifacts Hall, it is possible to see many artifacts obtained during the excavations of Kilistepe Mound. Stamp seals, Mycenaean vessels, pottery are among the artifacts you can see. Figured vessels, terracotta sculptures, weights, oil lamps, candlesticks and candlesticks found in Kelenderis excavations are among the artifacts you can see.
In the Hall of Ethnographic Artifacts, which is usually reserved for a section of archaeological museums, clothes used by the local people, money pouches, belts, jewelry such as bracelets and rings, rugs and saddlebags, weapons such as rifles, pistols and swords are exhibited.
Many artifacts are also exhibited in the garden of the museum. Column capitals, frieze pieces, steles, tombstones, tombstones, inscriptions belonging to the ancient and late antique period are among the historical artifacts you can see.