Istanbul Bilgi University to host archaeology professor

CAMMA "Thursday Talks," organized by Istanbul Bilgi University Cultural Management Master Program (CAMMA) and Cultural Policy and Management Research Center (KPY), will host Professor Ian Hodder, the former director of the Çatalhöyük Research Project and a pioneer of post-processualism theory in archaeology, on June 2.

Iran museums reopen after year-long COVID break

Iran reopened museums in Tehran and other cities on Sept. 19 after a more than year-long closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Museums in Tehran and other large cities that are no longer red-coded, meaning the risk of contracting the virus was very high, reopened on Sept. 19," the director of Iran's museums, Mohammad-Reza Kargar, told AFP.

Number of museums in Turkey rose in 2020

The number of museums in Turkey increased by 5.8 percent in 2020 and reached 494, according to the Cultural Heritage Statistics report announced by the Turkish Statistical Institute.


The number of museums was 467 in 2019.

The report showed that 205 out of the total museums are affiliated with the Culture and Tourism Ministry, while 289 run privately.

Cultural sector impacted strongly by pandemic in 2020

Ljubljana – The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown measures had a major impact on the Slovenian cultural sector last year with official statistics showing the turnout at museums and theatres slumping to roughly a third of the figures seen the year before. Meanwhile, many events and activities moved online.

Ten percent of archaeological works on display at museums

As of 2020, the number of artworks registered in museum inventories is close to 3.5 million, according to Yahya Coşkun, the deputy director-general of the Cultural Heritage and Museums.

Stating that 90 percent of the artworks registered in the museums are being kept in storages, Coşkun said the works on display make up only 10 percent of all relics.

Istanbul’s museum home to unmatched Ottoman painting collection

A painting museum on the shores of Istanbul's Bosphorus is home to an Ottoman palace painting collection that continues to draw visitors despite the pandemic.

Following a multi-year restoration project, the National Palaces Painting Museum in Istanbul's Beşiktaş district was reopened by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in January.