Located in the center of Urgup, Urgup Museum is a small and charming museum where both ethnographic and archaeological artifacts are exhibited. The museum, where artifacts related to Urgup and its surroundings are exhibited, should be the first place you should visit when you visit Urgup.
A certain part of Anatolia, which covers Cappadocia and wider areas, had a sea millions of years ago. As a result of the eruption of the volcanic mountains around Cappadocia, the sea dried up and filled with lava. It is possible to see the fossils of sea creatures living in the periods when the sea existed in the Ürgüp Museum. These fossils prove the existence of an inland sea in Anatolia. In the archaeology galleries, coins, medals, ceramics and glass artifacts from the Ancient Bronze Age, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods are exhibited.
In the ethnography hall of the museum, there are various objects related to the recent past of Ürgüp and its surroundings. In the hall where ethnographic artifacts such as ceramic works, manuscripts, lamps, stones, weavings are exhibited, you can see many different items used in people’s daily lives.
In the first room of the museum, a fossil tusk of a mammoth, thought to be about 10 million years old, is on display. The tusk, which mammoths, the ancestors of elephants, used for self-defense, was excavated from Mustafapaşa, about 7 km from Ürgüp. In my opinion, the most beautiful artifact of the museum is the tusk fossil of the mammoth. The museum also includes rock and mineral specimens excavated in and around Urgup. It is possible to see basalt, silexite, opal, agate, calcite crystal, onyx stones as well as a piece of fresco brought from a church near Cemil Village in Ürgüp.
Urgup Museum is located behind Ürgüp State Hospital on Şehit Turan Street. You can reach Ürgüp Museum by entering Mehmet Akif Ersoy Park on Atatürk Boulevard. Entrance to Urgup Museum is free. You can visit the museum between 09:00 – 19:00 in summer and between 08:00 – 17:00 in winter.