The Ephesus Museum, near the town center of Selcuk (Ephesus), is a small and easy to navigate museum that will hold your interest whether before or after seeing the majestic ancient city of Ephesus. Even though the Ephesus Archaeological Site is only approximately 25% excavated, there still have been many fabulous masterpiece discovries since 1964. In the museum, you will see the magnificent eight foot tall statue of the goddess Artemis and other artifacts from the Temple of Artemis (Artemision). Some of these finds have pushed the date of inhabitation in Ephesus back to 6,000 BC.
The Artemis temple itself was four times as large as the Parthenon and considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Also, well preserved sarcophagi are found in the region as well as statuettes of the god Priapus that may make you blush. Make sure you find the exquisite Egyptian bronze statue which was found in one of the Ephesus Terrace Houses which gives voice to the belief that the rich were discerning art collectors. Many interesting and significant ancient regional Hellenic and Roman city artifacts are also represented in the museum. The building itself is designed for easy navigation and facilitates understanding of all the marvels inside it.
FYI: It is also convenient to both the St Johns Basilica and the Ephesus Archeological Site itself. There is a small gift shop as you exit with a great book by Prof. Genghis Icten, who is one of the lead archaeologists of Ephesus over the last 40 years.