Galleries
Natural History Museum is housed in a two-storey building covering an area of 2,500 square metres, and 4000 pieces diagnosed objects have been exhibited in six galleries. Furthermore, in our Museum approximately 3000 specimens have taken part of store founded Centre Laboratory as comparison material. The following outline gives brief details regarding the galleries where natural objects are displayed, and their contents.

1. The Palaeontology Gallery (1168 specimens): Contains fossils of paleomammals from the Tertiary period (60 million - 2 million years ago). These include, for example, Proboscidea, Perissodactyla, Artiodactyla and Carnivora, collected from various parts of Turkey, together with plant fossils from 350 million years ago (such as Pteropsida and Lycopside) and various invertebrate fossils. There are examples of the ancestory of the Perissodactyla, Proboscidea and Primata orders which lived 60 million years ago, together with their contemporary representatives with posters. Fossils are arranged according to geological time and evolution. In the Gallery, the most outstanding materials are a 10.000 year old sample found in Salihli District of  Manisa, bearing the footprint of a person fleeing from a volcanic eruption, and the skeleton of a Syrian elephant (Elephas maxima asurus) found in Kahramanmaraş

The skull of Hipparion sp.  from Sinap- ANKARA Mammalian fauna of Gülpınar-ÇANAKKALE Mammalian fossils of Yulaflı- TEKİRDAĞ locality
 

2. Rock and Mineral Gallery (811 specimens): Samples of magmatic, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are systematically displayed in separate glass cases according to their origins of formation. Various samples of rock and minerals (marble, perlite, varieties of coal, oil products, radioactive minerals and various gems) are displayed according to their value and usage in everyday life. In addition, giant quartz crystals, crystallised to extraordinary dimensions, found only rarely in nature, constitute the Museum’s most fascinating samples. The section in which processed and natural samples of certain minerals and rocks known as semi precious decorative gems, are displayed side by side, constitutes one of the gallery’s colourful corners

Kolemanit (BURSA). Quartz (AYDIN). A volcano model.
 

3. Bird Gallery (168 specimens) : Turkey acts as a natural bridge between the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. As a result of this geographical position, more than 465 species of birds are found in Turkey. In the gallery, 104 species of birds found especially in the Aegean region (waders, flamingos, pelicans and herons, hawks, eagles, etc.) are on display. There are eggs of 31 different species of birds exhibited for the purpose of informing visitors about the variety of birds’eggs

 

Halcyon smyrnensis (White-throated Kingfisher/Symirna kingfisher) Gyps fulvus (Griffon vulture). Phoenicopterus roseus (Greater flamingo).


4. Entrance Gallery (937 specimens) : The majority of objects in the entrance gallery are fossils. Aceratherium - rhinoceroses, Listriodon - pigs, Machairodus - sabre toothed tigers, Archaeopteryx - the ancestor of birds, various invertebrates which are indigenous to the Indian and Pacific Oceans and various rock samples are on display. There are also pillars of red travertine, peculiar to the Kütahya region. In addition, the skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex - a dinasourmade in polyester in original dimensions (12 m in length and 5 m in height) which was supported by the president of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Ahmet Piriştina is also displayed.

Aceratherium(Rhinoceros)-(Çorlu-TEKİRDAĞ).
Solar system.
Machairodus(Sword-toothed cat)-(Kemiklitepe-UŞAK)
Various Invertebrate specimens.

 


5. General Zoology Gallery (766 objects): Collections of various marine invertebrates, seafish, freshwater fish and reptiles are on display. Two specimens of tigers, which are on the point of extinction, a two headed hazer snake and specimens of far eastern butterflies are also exhibited

Diodon hystrix (Hedgehog fish). Coluber caspius (Twin-headed Hazer Snake) Butterflies
   
Reptile’s materials.    


6. Evolution and Comparative Osteology Gallery (81 objects): Skeletons of contemporary whales, ostriches, horses, pigs, foxes, kangaroos, dolphins, goats and snakes are exhibited. In addition there is the skeleton of a man who lived in Uşak during the Roman period (2,000 years ago)
 

Skeleton of various vertebrates (horse, ostrich, goat,  kangaroo, pig) Skeleton of Homo sapiens (UŞAK).