The base of the first museum in Isparta has been built with the arrangement of a hall of the Public House for ancient works in 1935. After the closure of Public Houses, the works have been taken to the municipality from this building. Modern museum building in Isparta has been started in 1971. Meanwhile, a room in the library building has been used as museum warehouse and the first Museum Office has been established. After the completion of museum construction, the works in the library have been moved to the museum building and the Museum Office has been converted into Museum Directorate. The museum building, which has been completed in 1984, has been opened to service on March 6th 1985.
Isparta Museum has been arranged as Archeology and Ethnography Museum. Exhibition bases mostly on ethnographic materials. The works are exhibited in four halls, one of which is small and the other three of which are large.
In the showcases in this hall, regional hand - painted cloths, hand towels, drawstrings, embroidered handkerchiefs, lamps, semovars, chaplets, porcelain kitchen tools, copper cans, the gun collection consisting of various sizes and trademarks of rifles and pistols, Ottoman imperial edicts, woman cloths, ornamental jewelry are exhibited. In the entrance section of this hall, a room of the bather house belonging to 19th century has been prepared. Kilims brought from various locations are exhibited between the showcases in this hall.
A room next to the Ethnography Hall has been arranged as Archeology Hall in 1989. In this section, the works from the Paleolithic Periods until today are exhibited in chronological order. Especially, the cooked earthenware works obtained in the excavations made in the First Bronze Period cemetery near Atabey - Harmanören Village and works belonging to the Roman Period collected from Isparta and its surroundings are being exhibited. Besides these works, copper, silver, bronze and golden coins used in the period between the Hellenistic Period and the end of Ottoman Period and Ottoman tokens and medals are exhibited.
In this hall, yuruk tent is exhibited with all its materials. In the showcases, yuruk wool socks, stout bands, music instruments, shepherd tools, bags and saddlebags are exhibited and at the other side, threshing tools related with farming, plow and oxcart are exhibited.
In this hall, carpet specimens belonging to 17th - 20th centuries from various carpet centers of Turkey are exhibited.
In the entrance hall and garden of the museum, stone works belonging to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods are exhibited.
As of the end of 1997, there are 11669 coins, 2181 archeological works, 1937 ethnographical works in the museum.
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