Thursday, 07 December 2023

Konya Atatürk House Museum

Atatürk House Museum in Konya, Turkey is a two-story historic building that served as the residence of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. It showcases the rich history and culture of Konya and its role in the War of Independence, with exhibits of photographs, documents, and personal belongings of Atatürk.

The Atatürk House Museum is a historic two-story building constructed in 1912 on Atatürk Avenue, made of cut stone, rubble stone, and brick. The house was registered under the name of the Treasury in 1923 and was used as the Governor's Mansion, and was also allocated to Atatürk during his visits to Konya. In 1927, the house was purchased by Konya Municipality from the Treasury, and on July 19th, 1928, it was registered under Atatürk's name as an expression of gratitude from the people of Konya, with the note "It is the gift of the people of Konya to the President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk." In 1940, the house was purchased by Konya Special Administration for a symbolic price and was converted back into the Governor's Mansion until 1963.

In 1963, the building was transferred to the Ministry of National Education and was restored, and a year later, on December 17th, 1964, it was opened to visitors under the name "Atatürk House-Culture Museum." In accordance with the demands of the Provincial Celebration Committee on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Atatürk's birth, the Culture and Tourism Ministry's General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums restored and rearranged the museum, and it was reopened as the "Atatürk Museum" on April 17th, 1982. During the renovation of the museum, the house's residential function was considered, and no changes were made that would compromise its architectural integrity. The museum attempts to showcase the role of Konya and its people in the War of Independence through documents and photographs. The exhibition in the upper and lower halls is presented through panels and showcases, and on the ground floor, documents and photographs of Atatürk's visits to Konya before the Republic are displayed. The panels showcase documents, photographs, and newspaper clippings that illustrate Atatürk's visits to Konya, the places he visited in the city, and the daily notes he took while staying in this house. The showcases display some of Atatürk's clothing and various items he used in this house.