Kars Museum, which was founded in 1959, moved to its current service building in 1980. The modern museum building, which was built on 3398 m2 land, registered in the name of our General Directorate and registered in layout 84, block 540, plot 43, has been serving in its current building for 40 years. The museum building has a closed area of 1400 m2, the administrative and warehouse sections of the building are 500 m2 and the exhibition halls are 900 m2. While the archeology exhibition halls have a 600 m2 indoor area in two sections, the ethnography hall has a 300 m2 indoor area in the form of a mezzanine above the archeology halls.
There are a total of 18 showcases in the archeology halls of Kars Museum, including 15 fixed large wall showcases and 3 mobile showcases. Chronologically, fossils, metal bracelets, arrowheads, spearheads, fibulas, jewelry and terracotta vases, vessels and pithos, glass artifacts, and coins are exhibited from the Paleolithic Period, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Old Bronze Age, Urartian Period, Roman Period, Byzantine Period, Seljuk Period and Principalities Period. In the ethnography hall, 16 fixed showcases and 2 mobile showcases display wool woven carpets and rugs, silver belts, handwritten Qurans, kitchen utensils, jewelry, and ornaments from the 18th and 19th centuries.
In the garden of the museum, ram and sheep tombstones belonging to the Akkoyunlu and Karakoyunlu periods of the 13th and 14th centuries are exhibited. Since Kars Museum is located as a regional museum, the works exhibited in the museum consist of movable cultural assets in the provinces of Kars, Ardahan, Ağrı, and Iğdır. Archaeological artifacts in the museum mainly consist of artifacts from scientific archaeological excavations carried out in the Ani Archaeological Site or from surface surveys in the region. Ethnographic works consist of works brought to the museum by purchasing from the provinces of Kars, Ardahan, Ağrı, and Iğdır. There is a total closed area of 1400 m2, a total exhibition area of 900 m2, and 2 halls called the ethnography hall and the archeology hall. The ethnography hall is located above the archeology hall in the form of a mezzanine.