Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first resting place referred to by Ankara Ethnography Museum, which is built on a hill Namazgâh name. Said dunes, some sources "rocky maşatlık" It appears to us that used to be called before the Seljuk cemetery of the hill. Then İzzeddin Keykavus of the hill, where a madrasa where the Ethnography Museum has learned from sources that have been made. The top people in the past, they make a braided stones in three rows on top of limestone rock Namazgah the Eid prayer and the prayer of rain they get the information obtained. Hill has also been known as a Muslim cemetery in the Ottoman period. Quite on the sacred hill, especially Namazgah Hill in the national struggle in important national and religious meetings, also witnessed the ceremony. the various ordinances in the early years of the Republic, pray for rain, the event is known as soldier farewell ceremony held here.
Meanwhile, as a preparation for the establishment of the Museum of Ethnography and initially dated July 2, 1924 in Istanbul, with 648 numbered order of the Ministry of Education, Prof. Jalal al-Assad and then headed Arseven No. 3585 dated May 21, 1925 order of the Istanbul Museum Director Halil Ethem chaired a special commission has been established. Buy as part of the Commission's work before 1250 in Istanbul has been kept in a room at Dar-ul Fünûn. Hungarian Turcologists dated 1 February 1924 to establish an agreement with the ethnographic museum commissioned this collection after the 12 August 1926 order was transported to a building in the Süleymaniye Complex. Commission's work in making more while the museum building with the Great Leader Ataturk's directives rather a sacred importance; and private land that Namazgah Hill Foundations General Directorate of 15 November 1925 Council of Ministers in accordance with the decision of the Council, to building a museum to the Ministry of Education It was donated.
There Ethnography Museum of Ankara Altındağ district of Ankara. he made the Friday prayer at the former name of the War of Independence was founded on the ground that Namazgâh hill. Initially intended to be used as the Archaeological Museum, then it decided to be the Museum of Painting and Sculpture, gained its present function after the opening ceremony.