Museum Pass Is it worth the expense?

Museum Pass

November 2023 Update

Upon entering museums and sites in Türkiye run by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, tourists may purchase a Museum Pass. You can also purchase a mobile pass on the website. For the price of 2200TL, you can get a Museum Pass for the Mediterranean area; it covers one entrance to more than forty museums and archaeological sites in Antalya, Mersin, Adana, and Denizli for seven days (starting the first time you use the pass.) 

If you plan on traveling to other parts of Türkiye, you can purchase a Türkiye-wide pass for 4000TL that covers one entrance to over 300 museums and archaeological sites for 15 days.  

While it seems like it might make sense to go this route since prices have quadrupled and continue to rise, we still think you are better off just paying the entry price at each place unless your sole purpose for being here is to see every museum and archaeological site possible. If you are not doing extensive traveling and visiting at least one or two sites a day, the Museum Pass is not going to save you much money as you can see below.  

Here is a current (as of November 2023) list of the costs of some of the major attractions in Antalya: 

Perge: 250TL 

Aspendos: 340TL 

Phaselis: 220TL 

Antalya Archaeological Museum: 340TL 





Side Theatre:300TL 

To visit all nine of the above sites, it would cost 2,380TL. Honestly, in seven days, you would be pushing yourself to make the 2,300TL Museum Pass worthwhile.

To get an even better idea whether either pass is worth it for you, you can see the current prices for most museums and sites on the Museum Pass website 

Side note: If you are a foreigner living in Türkiye and have a TC number, you should be able to get a year-long museum card by showing your current residence permit/ikamet at a sales office. As of November 2023, this 60TL gem is the best deal in the entire country as it offers unlimited entrance to any museum or archaeological site run by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism all across Türkiye!!!! There isn’t a whole lot else you can get for 60TL these days, so go get a museum card and start exploring!!!

Where can I purchase a museum pass?

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  • […] Most of what you see at Side are remnants from between 1st century B.C. to 3rd century A.D.  During the Roman period, Side was known as the slave trade capital of the Mediterranean, which provided the wealth necessary to build the theatre, Roman baths, Nymphaeum, colonnaded streets, agora, library, and monumental gate, all of which you can see signs of today. There are separate entry fees for the museum and the theatre, so if you plan to visit multiple sites in addition to Ancient Side, look into the Museum Card. […]


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