Dive into the history of Sakarya with a tour of the main museum, complete with a carefully kept garden and altars that hark back to the Roman and Byzantine empires.
Originally constructed in 1915 as the home of Major Baha Bey, who was the Chairman of Military Service Office at the time, Sakarya Museum officially opened in 1993 by the Ministry of Culture. Although severe earthquakes took a hit at the building, it was restored to its former glory and reopened in 2003.
Inside the museum, archaeological and cultural objects, including from the prehistoric era and the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires, feature prominently. See swords from the Ottoman period, known for their ornate style and curved blades, plus pistols and rifles before moving on to the prehistoric era, where artwork, pottery, and coins take center stage. Step outside into the serene garden, and spot monuments and altars containing dedications dating back to the Roman and Byzantine periods. During the Turkish War of Independence, the building hosted President Atatürk and his mother; therefore, there is also a display of his personal effects that remained from his stay.
The museum is located opposite the Adapazari station in the Semerciler Quarter. It’s open every day except Mondays, and entrance is free.