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Culture & Arts Published at 17.02.2016

Mersin has a State Opera and Ballet, the fourth in Turkey after Istanbul, İzmir and Ankara. Mersin International Music Festival was established in 2001 and takes place every October.

Culture & Arts

Mersin State Opera and Ballet:
One of the 6 resident opera and ballet groups in Turkey is in Mersin. It is organizing scheduled performances and song concerts.

Mersin University State Conservatory:
In addition to its regular curriculum, it organizes public concerts within the year.

İçel Art Club:
It is a center wherein artistic and cultural events are organized for art-lovers in Mersin. It has an art gallery, a library, studios and conference and recital halls. Painting and sculpture exhibitions are organized regularly in addition to Chopin and Bach Nights and classical music concerts in Kanlıdivane Ancient City.

Art galleries:
Artistic works are being displayed particularly at the State Fine Arts Gallery and numerous private painting and sculpture galleries.

There are 8 museums, two of which are private in our province.

  • Mersin-Anamur Museum:  There are units such as ethnographic and archeological work of art, library, photography studio, laboratory, conservation and art gallery in the museum.
  • Mersin Atatürk House and Museum: At the house in which Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Turkish Republic had stayed, the articles belonging to those days and memories of them are exhibited.
  • Mersin Museum: Archeological and ethnographic work of arts are being displayed.
  • Mersin-Silifke Museum:  The work of arts which belongs to starting from the neolithic era, 1200s B.C., Archaic, Greek, Hellenistic, Rome, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman eras are displayed in the museum.
  • Mersin-Silifke Ataturk House: At the house in which the founder of Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, at his first time arrival to Silifke on January 27, 1925 had stayed, the articles belonging to those days and memories of them are displayed.
  • Mersin-Tarsus Museum: The work of arts from the Paleolithic, Chalcolitihc, Early Bronze, Hittite, Urartu, Greek, Rome, Byzantine, Seljuks and Ottoman Empire eras are exhibited in the museum.
  • Mustafa Erim Mersin Museum of Urban History: Mersin Museum of Urban History; is a museum in which the traditional architecture, its specialized library, the ones; who lived in Mersin, grown up and left a mark are introduced. History of education in Mersin, liberation of Mersin, the people of Mersin who became martyr in Çanakkale War, Mersin Chronology, Mosques and Churches of Mersin, Ataturk’s visits of Mersin, Mersin Yumuktepe mound and historical structures of Mersin are introduced in the museum.
  • Silifke Taşucu Amphora Museum: A rich collection of the Amphoras, which constitutes a part of the historical heritage of our region and which is widely used for the carrying of the whole Early Age and Middle Age  (3200 B.C.-1800 A.D.) including Bronze Age, Iron Age, Rome and Byzantine eras,  are displayed in the museum.

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