Goreme Open-Air Museum
Goreme Open-Air Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Start your exploration of Cappadocia at this UNESCO World Heritage Site—a magnificent valley filled with rock-carved churches and monasteries. Built during the Byzantine period, this historical settlement was a home to monks and a pilgrimage destination. Be awed by the intricate construction of the cave rooms and churches etched into the honeycomb landscape. The museum’s highlight is the Dark Church which is decorated with brilliantly colored frescoes that have been carefully preserved. Visit in the early morning for fewer crowds and join a guided tour to learn more about the site’s history and architectural secrets. A separate ticket is required for the Dark Church. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Rosemarie B
    San Juan, Puerto Rico281 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must in Cappadocia!
    Visiting the Goreme Open AirMuseum when in Cappadocia is a must. It will take at least 2 hrs to see the most impressive sites. Even though you have to pay extra to visit the Dark Church, it is well worth it. Stunning!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2023
  • Chlomas
    Derbyshire, United Kingdom70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit whilst in Goreme
    Great opportunity to step back in time and see the churches here from early settlements in the area. We didn’t do a tour with a guide, but guess this would have added more insight into the experience. We did ask for an audio guide (advertised as available as an extra charge) but we’re told they were unavailable which was a shame as there were loads of numbers corresponding to the audio guide scattered around which would have helped our understanding. Would recommend paying the extra 100tl to go into the Dark Church - the almost undisturbed artwork here is amazing. Also suggest picking up a quick drink in the cave cafe half way around - really authentic experience in there with the cushions etc. Well worth a visit if you’re in Cappadocia and walkable distance (20 mins) from Goreme.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2023
  • Meryem B
    71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Goreme Acik Hava Muzesi
    Stopped at El Nazar church before walking to the Open Air Museum from Unicorn Cave Hotel, where we stayed in Gorreme. Used our Museum cards to get in. Skipped all the shops and picture ops and started exploring on our own. The recent high school grads 1 slower paced and the other 2 constantly climbing things and myself taking photos of pretty much everything we all were easily entertained and had no trouble at all meeting each other at the giftshop/Cafe. There my museum card got us 50% off our snacks and drinks and 10% off all the gifts we bought.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Archie
    Glenmoore, Pennsylvania7,351 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private tour with Royal Anatolian tour company beautiful chimney rocks
    We enjoyed a beautiful tour with our guide. We got museum pass. There are well paved paths. There is very little shade. Dress accordingly in the heat. We walked around took pictures. The rock formations are unique. We took some unique pictures. People come here for a photo shoot. The views are amazing. The vendors selling souvenirs are awesome too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Jean B
    Lorton, Virginia245 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Goreme didn’t disappoint!
    This is an amazing place! It’s fascinating that people used to live here and curious as to how this was underground at one point in time. All areas state that you may not take photos, but I found that if there was not a guard in attendance, I was able to take photos. Be sure to turn off your flash, so that you do not erode the beautiful works of art inside. Some climbing is required. I look forward to going here again in the future.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 June 2023
  • K72
    Melbourne, Australia3,063 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    Fabulous museum- showcasing the rock caves of ancient monasteries. The museum cost 300 lira to enter. Lots of uphill walking and climbing- not pram or wheelchair friendly. Gives a good insight into how life was like way back when. Paintings in the churches are well preserved.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,023 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it. Fantastic views of the valley.
    What a great open air museum, only about 25 minute walk from centre of Goreme (last part up hill). I visited in winter time when crowds are done and was first to enter at opening time, had the whole place to myself and didn’t see anyone until I was ready to leave. Views around museum are amazing with all the caves , mountain views, churches etc. also great views over the National Park being an elevated area. Also a couple of great churches to visit (extra fee for dark Church/Chapel but worth it). You need about 1.5 hours - 2 hours to explore area and it’s a must.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Vivien W
    Kalamunda, Australia75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great walk to visit the museum
    I was staying in Goreme and had free time to walk to the open air museum by myself. I pod for the audio device and also the Dark Church. Was nice to do it all at my own pace and avoid crowds when I could. Amazing stuff to see and so glad I made the hike to see it all.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Anjusg
    Singapore, Singapore34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature & Man- Stunning Creations
    Goreme Open Air Museum is Stunning creations of nature and mankind. This area is rich in natural and mankind history and part of Cappadocia region. There are rocks and caves all around you, each telling its own story. Many different communities have lived in this region over different centuries and have left their own legacy. Must visit for lovers of history and nature. The valleys can also be experienced by trekking, although we did not trek due to hot weather. Hot air balloon ride is recommended to get best views of the area. Avoid summers due to lack of shady trees and hot weather. Goreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia Region is a Highly recommended destination.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Phil-Joel
    Sydney, Australia739 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do when in Goreme.
    We stayed in the heart of Goreme & walked the 1.5kms to get there. We hired 1 audio guide which did assist our understanding of the various buildings, however the various info boards at the entrances of the buildings provide almost the same amount of info if you don’t want to pay the extra 100 TL for an audio guide. We’re also glad we paid the extra 200 TL to enter the Dark Room. And don’t walk past the Tokali Church, as entrance is included in your general admission ticket. The paintings on the walls & ceilings are amazing, some are stunning & it’s just a pity many have been defaced. This is 2 hours well spent.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
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Benji
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
There’s a lot of things to say but i just wanna say WONDERFUL! You have to visit this place… I have some photos thus you can understand what i want to say! 🙌🏽
Written 25 May 2024
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abuurman
Perth Hills, Australia24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The views all around Goreme are stunning, so I expected a bit more from the Goreme open air museum for the considerable entry fee of 20 euro. Whilst the history of the place is undoubtedly amazing, the size of the area, what you get to see and the fact that the dark church was extra entry fee made me wish I would have done something else with the time
Written 18 May 2024
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Baadal Adam
Dubai, United Arab Emirates106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The Goreme Open-Air Museum is a breathtaking glimpse into the rich history of Cappadocia. This Museum site features stunning rock-cut churches and monasteries adorned with beautiful frescoes, offering a unique look into early Christian life. The well-preserved artwork and architecture, set against the backdrop of Cappadocia's unique landscape, create an unforgettable experience. The informative signage and accessible layout make it easy to explore and appreciate. A must-visit for history and art lovers alike!
Written 16 May 2024
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PeeJay0708
Stredokluky, Czech Republic110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Interesting place, but too many groups of tourist blocking passages with no respect to others (mostly Russians). Try to go early morning before those crowds spoil that beautiful spot.
Written 3 May 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The Goreme Open Air Museum (according to the old sign out front) contains eight Christian churches, three chapels, one refectory, one monastery and a grave site. The chapels and churches are carved into the rocks and are decorated with colourful frescos. Photos are not allowed in any of the churches and chapels. The churches are set out in a horseshoe type arrangement and a well-made path takes you up and down the hill past most of them. A few of the churches are accessible from ground level but many require taking stairs.

There is a map board at the start but it wasn't entirely clear. We decided not to pay for the additional ticket for the Dark Church which is reputed to have the best frescos (which may have been a mistake) but did try to see all the others though I think we might have missed some. The first one on the circuit is the Chapel of St Basil. A bit later is the undecorated refectory. The Chapel of St Catherine, just after the Dark Church, had pretty spectacular frescos. Another structure without frescos is a multi-storied cave which didn't contain much but we saw kids having fun clambering around. From there the path takes you through the valley back to the entrance where you can admire the fairy chimneys and the views to the multi-hued hills behind which I probably remember best.
Written 30 April 2024
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Brandylady
Aberdeen, UK1,312 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited here with our tour group . Found the market at the base very good price wise.
To get to the open air museum it’s all uphill and hard going on very uneven terrain .
Some bits of museum ok but some just empty rooms and not worth bothering about .
Wouldn’t go out of my way to visit here.
Written 20 April 2024
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stmichel25
Bengaluru, India87 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I thought it was a waste of time and money to see defaced paintings. Most of them were damaged so badly you could see maybe 30 to 40% of the paining and most of the faces were scrapped out. So if you’ve seen monk valley and the underground city and the other rock formations elsewhere you can skip this.
Written 15 April 2024
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Joeys_Newt
81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A little shocked at the entrance fee - 50% up from when we planned the visit a month ago: set cost of €20 for non-residents, only payable in TRY... on the plus side, the exchange rate they used was fair. Perhaps we picked a bad day and got there a bit late, but rowdy crowds kind of spoiled the atmosphere of a religious site, and the max 3 minute whirl through each church didn't allow for really feeling the place - which is quite significant in Christian history. An extra €6 for the Dark Church and the queue put us off that part. On the whole a bit disappointing compared to expectations.
Written 12 April 2024
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ReviewerII
Chalfont St Peter, UK418 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This is a great site to see the ancient churches and homes of a lost time, I don't think you can come here without seeing it and it is the best place to see the dwellings as they were, especially if you don't have time to see the underground city. The entry fee was fine but I did feel ripped off having to pay and extra e6 each to access the Dark Church which is the best part of the museum. We enjoyed it very much but we were barely here 1.5hours.

It is crowded, even arriving first thing (which I would recommend) and it is not easy to visit if you have physical issues, you need to be a bit fit.

Overall a great place to visit.
Written 11 April 2024
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stmichel25
Bengaluru, India87 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
For the steep fee of 20 Euro I thought we’d see more. Once you’ve seen the fairy/ monk valley chimneys, the Deverent valley and seen the underground city then really the Gerome National Park/ Museum isn’t worth it at all. I thought we would see a lot of beautiful paintings or mosaics in the caves but instead what we saw were all properly damaged or defaced paintings such that most of the faces were removed and either way most of the paintings were so badly damaged you could barely see it. So I wouldn’t recommend it at all.
Written 10 April 2024
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