The house of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Thessaloniki reopens to the public, exhibiting personal belongings and household objects.
The museum had received criticism that there were no personal belongings of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on display. Following a three-year renovation, the museum reopened in August 2013. However, since Ataturk’s belongings were sent to Turkey during the renovation, visitors of the renovated museum had complained that it was “bare” of exhibits.
Almost 50 personal objects belongings of Ataturk have been sent by the Ministry of Culture for exhibition. They include a military hat, vest, tie, shoes, slippers, a tobacco pipe and cutlery. New exhibits include a silicon model of young Ataturk sitting at the kitchen table and a model of his mother Zubeyde Hanim watching him.
Ataturk was born in the particular house in Thessaloniki in 1881. He lived there until his father passed away in 1888 and his family left Greece. The museum reopened on October 29, Turkey’s national Republic Day.
The Kemal Ataturk Museum has become one of Thessaloniki’s key tourist attractions. In the last 14 months, it had 120,000 visitors, while in 2011, before the renovation, 20,000 tourists had visited the museum.
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