Considering the historical richness of Ereğli and its surroundings, the construction of the museum building was started in 1967 and the construction was completed in 1978 and opened to visitors.The museum, which was a civil service affiliated to Konya Museum until 1977, was turned into an independent directorate in 1978. The Ereğli Museum is one of the rare museums in Anatolia that offers an uninterrupted exhibition from the Neolithic Age to the Republican Period. In the museum, the works are exhibited in 3 ways: closed, open and semi-closed exhibition.
In the Archeology Hall, the works are exhibited chronologically in 5 different showcases. Starting from the Neolithic Age, terracotta vessels, obsidians, seals, beads and arrowheads belonging to the Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Hittite and Phrygian Periods are exhibited chronologically.
In the showcase where Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Period works are exhibited, one of the important works of the museum and found in the excavation of the Göztepe Tumulus, Ephesus coins, gold diadems, terracotta lamps, figurines and marble stele fragments are exhibited. In the showcase where Byzantine Period works are exhibited, the artifacts found in the excavation of the Underworld City of Carving, Roman and Byzantine Period glass bottles and containers, bracelets and cristograms are exhibited.
In the coin showcase, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian coins are chronologically divided into their periods; In addition, Roman Period coins were classified according to the emperors.
In the fossil showcase, fossil fragments belonging to the mammoth found in the sand quarries in the town of Zengen in Ereğli, deer antlers and mammal bones are exhibited. The fossil remains, identified as the southern mammoth, belong to a mammoth species that lived in Europe and Central Asia about 2.5-1.5 million years ago and became extinct.
Kitchen utensils, jewelry, weapons and 1 manuscript Quran compiled from Ereğli and its surroundings are exhibited in the hall consisting of 2 showcases. In this hall, figured ceramic and plaster pieces belonging to the Seljuk period and Islamic Period coins and medallions are also exhibited. In the open area, there are wooden ceiling cores, cabinets and doors compiled from the old houses of Eregli.
İvriz Rock Monument
The God Tarhundas and King Warpalavas are depicted on a natural rock by the İvriz Stream, which is 17 km away from Ereğli. In the monument measuring 420x240 cm., the figures were made with relief technique. In the composition, the priest prays in front of King Warpalavas on a larger scale, raising his hands towards the God Tarhundas, who holds a bunch of grapes in one hand and a bundle of wheat in the other. In the inscription, the King; '' When I was a prince in the palace, I planted these vineyards and grew wheat spikes. May God grant them blessings and abundance." says. In addition to the Hittite tradition, it is possible to see the features of Assyrian, Aramaic and Phrygian art in the monument. 8th century BC This monument, which was built in the century and belongs to the Late Hittite Period, has the feature of being the oldest agricultural monument in the world.