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Izmit Museum :

First steps to establish a museum in Kocaeli were taken in 1938. Archaeological findings from excavations at the site of the Izmit Paper Factory and other works from the region were first stored in Merkez. They were then stored in Sumer primary school. In 1947 some of the works were taken to the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. In 1965 the historical Hunting House, which was being used as the Governor's Residence, was repaired and became Izmit Museum. The museum was opened to the public in 1967.

Sultan Abdulaziz built the Hunting Lodge in which Izmit Museum is housed in the neo-classical style between 1861 and 1865. It is a two-story building. The ground floor contains archaeological works while the upper floor contains works from the Ottoman period.

Izmit MuseumTo the right of the entrance on the ground floor are exhibited a marble bas-relief depicting a chariot race in the Hippodrome, grave stones, and statues from the Roman period; under the stairs are Islamic and antique inscriptions, and busts; to the left of the stairs are statues. In the central show case are ceramics, a gold ring and various grave objects found in a tumulus in the eastern necropolis of Izmit.

In the upstairs hall are 19th century palace objects: A console and mirror, a clock and candlestick set, and in the cases inkstands, kettles, water jugs and bowls, healing sups and a gilded Koran.

In the room to the left of the hall is exhibited furniture carrying the coat of arms of Sultan Abdulaziz and Islamic coins. The room to the right has been arranged as Ataturk's bedroom, since he stayed in this Lodge on June 18, 1922 and January 16 1923 when he came to Izmit.

In the garden of the museum are Roman statues, the lid of a tomb, an Ottoman period shipyard inscription, sacrifical altar stones from graves, pieces of columns, and sarcophagi.

Yarimca Museum :

The Municipality of Yarimca, a sub-province of Kocaeli, established a museum which was opened to the public in 1974. As well as archaeological and ethnographic works the museum also contains modern pictures and sculpture. An important part of the collections were donated by Avni Ozture.


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  Area: 3.626 kmĀ²
  Population: 936.163
  111 km from Istanbul