Turkey's first National Museum of Natural History was established on February 7, 1968, within the body of the General Directorate of MTA and moved to its new building in 2003. In the exhibition halls of the Museum, there are more than 5000 models, all important and valuable, compiled from various parts of Turkey and the world. The museum building consists of 4 floors.
Sections in this Museum are Education and Practice Area, Temporary Exhibition Area, Conference Hall, Consultation, Souvenirs, Sales Department, and Visually Impaired Department.
Şehit Cuma Dağ Natural History Museum aims to introduce the world's geological history with examples to society and raise awareness of nature conservation within the framework of its educational mission. Mobile Museum Activities, Mineral, and Rock Sets are prepared for Educational Purposes and Sent to Schools All Over Turkey.
In the section specially prepared for our visually impaired visitors, the samples exhibited in open showcases are introduced with labels written in Braille alphabet. Information about the Museum and its natural history is presented on an aural CD.
A space scale and solar system are on the dome-shaped screen. The Science Sphere section has a spherical imaging system and the Planetarium section has a three-dimensional display system.
An Aquarium was built in 2019, and many examples of vertebrate and invertebrate fossils are exhibited.
In addition, the footprints of people who lived in Manisa-Kula, stone tools from the Prehistoric Periods, plaster copies of cave art, Karst Cave Model, and Model of Deposition Environments attract great attention from visitors.
Extinct or endangered specimens of plants and animals from Turkey, including the Anatolian Panther (Panthera pardus tulliana) found in Ankara-Beypazarı in 1974, are exhibited in the Diorama Section with animations suitable for their habitats.
The skeleton of the Maraş Elephant (Elephas maximus asurus), dating back 3,500 years, found in Kahramanmaraş is exhibited.
A plaster copy of the fossil ‘Gomphotherium angustidens’, a proboscis mammal that lived 17-10 million years ago, is also on display.
Other displays on this floor include fossils of the ‘Giant Rhino,’ which lived 28-23 million years ago, the current skeleton of the ‘Long Whale’ (Balaenoptera physalus), and a predatory carnivore that lived 140 million years ago.
A plaster copy of the dinosaur skeleton of Allosaurus fragilis and its skull mold and a model of the entire skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex, which lived 67-65.5 million years ago, was on display.
Minerals, that are the building blocks of the earth's crust, are exhibited in the ‘Systematic Mineralogy Section,’ and rocks formed by the combination of various minerals through different geological processes are exhibited in the Rocks Section.
In the 'Turkish Mining History Department,' there are finds that witness the development of mining in parallel with the social and cultural development of human beings.
Cupellation and Cementation animation areas and the Mining Model in the Bronze Age are displayed on this floor.
There is the 'Science Tunnel' on this floor which was opened in 2017. In the Science Tunnel, the geological heritage sites of the country, the safari parks of South Africa, the biodiversity observed in the reefs under the sea, and the dazzlingly colorful world of flowers can be observed in this tunnel.
Metallic mines, industrial raw materials, and energy raw materials, which are the source of the tools, equipment, and materials we use daily, are exhibited in the section. Crystals with striking colors and attractive natural wonders, procured both from Turkey and abroad, are in the 'Stonestones Section' here.
In this Museum, there are also Paleontology, Mineralogy-Petrography-Gemology Laboratories, and 'Archives' where nearly 100,000 specimens are kept.
Cukurambar Mahallesi Dumlupinar BulvarI No:11, Ankara 06530 Turkey