Kutahya has long been considered to be the main center of ceramics production in Turkey. The development of pottery and its skillful recognizable painting turned the craft into a national art. Therefore, it is not surprising that the only Kutahya Ceramics Museum is located here. The museum exhibits over 500 different ceramics from the 13th century onwards. Here you can see the tiles used in the decoration of buildings; dishes (vases, plates, jugs, etc.); interior decoration items, portraits and more.
History of Kutahya Ceramics Museum
The city became the center of pottery production in the 17-18 centuries, when the main production of ceramics in the city of Iznik gradually fell into disrepair. In Kutahya, the Iznik painting was reproduced, but it was not just copying. Kutahya ceramics is recognizable by its special feature – it is an abundance of yellow, herbal green colors and more vivid and rich painting.
Kutahya Ceramics Museum opened its doors in 1999. It is located in the renovated building of a madrasa (theological school), built with the personal money of Emir Yakup Celebi II, in the 14th century.
The museum contains various samples of ceramics from different periods from the 13th century, each of which is handmade. Here are collected the works of the most famous Turkish masters, including Haci Hazif Mehmet, who participated in the decoration of Haydarpasa Railway Station in Istanbul. In addition, here you will also find amazingly beautiful china. Coffee and tea sets, plates, jugs amaze with their exquisite beauty. Pottery and porcelain became the symbol of Kutahya.
Opening hours Kutahya Ceramics Museum: daily, except Mondays. The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm. The cost of admission is 5 TL (about $ 1) for adults; children and students admission is free.
How to get to Kutahya Ceramics Museum?
Kutahya Ceramics Museum is located in the city center. Museum address is Pasam Sultan Mahallesi, Gediz Cd. No: 10. You can get to the museum by public transport (bus number 3) or a taxi.
The nearest airport to the museum is Zafer Airport. It serves only domestic flights, so if you are traveling from abroad, choose flights with a transfer in Istanbul. Travel time from the airport to the Ceramics Museum will be about 40 minutes.
Nearest hotels to Kutahya Ceramics Museum
Since Kutahya Ceramics Museum is located in the center of the city, around it there are many accommodation options for every taste and budget. The nearest hotels to the Ceramics Museum are:
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Yoncali Termal Hotel &Spa
- Ecrin Apart Otel
- Atay Pansiyon
- Grand Cinar Hotel
- Qtahya Otel
- Emet Thermal Resort & Spa
Nearest restaurants to Kutahya Ceramics Museum
Kutahya is not only porcelain and ceramics, but also delicious Turkish national cuisine. You can try local dishes and drinks in one of the nearest restaurants to the Ceramics Museum:
- Tarihi Kutahya Konagi
- 43 Nefis Kofte & Tatli
- Mis Gozleme
- Osmanli Kebap
- Germiyan Konagi
- Hunkar Katmer
- Kervan Yemek Salonu