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Participants at a GIFT workshop (Credit: Jane Robb/EGU)

Geolocation Natural History Museum

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Natural History Museum

Environmental, Museum/Visitor centre, Palaeontology


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The Turkish Natural History Museum is located in Ankara. The Mineral Research and Exploration Institute which is now the General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration (MTA) was established in 1935 with the directives of Atatürk. Until that time there had been no Natural History Museum in Turkey. With the studies on earth sciences at every corner of Turkey large amount of samples including fossils and minerals have been collected in MTA. And also numerous fossils and minerals were given as a present from the universities and institutions. All these specimens were the first members of the collection of the museum. The Natural History Museum was established on 7th February 1968. With the extra performance of Dr. Sadrettin Alpan, the General Director of MTA at that time, Sehavet Mersinlioğlu, Dr. Fikret Ozansoy and all the stuff at the museum, Natural History Museum of MTA gained natural identity.

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32.7982 E, 39.9030 N