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Turkey’s museums received 9 million visits despite the pandemic

Despite the pandemic, 8.91 million tourists visited in 2020 the 204 public museums, 142 archaeological sites and 296 private museums in Turkey.

Turkey’s museums and archaeological sites received almost 9 million visits in 2020, despite the pandemic and the drop in tourism worldwide. In total, 8.91 million people visited the country’s 204 public museums, 142 archaeological sites and 296 private museums last year, according to the latest data provided by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

According to figures provided by the ministry, an average of 40,000 new historical artefacts are added each year to the collections of Turkey’s museums; in total, as of today more than 3.25 million historical objects are exhibited in the museums and archaeological sites of the Eurasian country.

In addition, and with the aim of preparing Turkey’s museums and archaeological sites for the recovery of tourism after the pandemic and for the 2021 tourist season, a series of maintenance, renovation and refurbishment works have been carried out. Only between 2002 and 2020, 161 museums were renovated in Turkey, and 43 large museums were inaugurated.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, during the summer of 2020 Turkey’s museums and archaeological sites received more than 3 million visits, being the most visited the joint Pamukkale and Hierapolis site, the Mevlana Jalaluddin al-Rumi Mausoleum in Konya , the ruins of the ancient Lycian city of Phaselis and Mount Olympos in Antalya, the Byzantine monastery of Sümela in Trabzon, and the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Ephesus.