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Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Paolo Orsi)

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Address: Viale Teocrito 66, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0931-464-022
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Description: This is the most extensive archaeological museum in Sicily, with its wide...
This is the most extensive archaeological museum in Sicily, with its wide collection of fossils and figures of Ancient Siracusa including the famous statue "Venus Anadiomene," in which Venus rises from the sea.
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Very good archaeological musem

This small museum can keep you occupied for hours if you want to learn about the original inhabitants, the Greeks, and the Romans who lived in Syracuse 2000 or so years ago... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

This small museum can keep you occupied for hours if you want to learn about the original inhabitants, the Greeks, and the Romans who lived in Syracuse 2000 or so years ago. Everyone will have his or her own special interests, but I particularly enjoyed the Roman statues on the second floor (section D as I recall, but you'd better... More 

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atlanta
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

everything is in Italian. Very little in English making it hard to understand the significance. Lot of broken pottery. 8 euro entry fee.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This museum, as previous reviewers record is above average and well worth a visit. However, I would advise ONLY going if you like and appreciate archaeology, geology or art in antiquity. There are some stunning exhibits from earliest times on Sicily (esp. Siracusa district) varying from spear blades to almost perfect funereal pots and other burial artefacts. We saw pot... More 

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England
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6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Beautifully displayed items of immense historical interest, well explained. Not the easiest of places to find one's way around thanks to some eccentric signage. As almost always in Italy, there was no helpful literature, no brochures at the front desk, no maps.

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Devon
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

If you know what you are looking at, there is a lot of stuff here. It is arranged largely by where they found it, so you seem to move from one area to another where there are largely the same kinds of things. But the more you know about the local archaeology, the more you will find the actual items... More 

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Gwynedd, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Particularly rich experience having already spent a week in the area thus familiar with locations referred to in the incredibly rich and comprehensive display; well presented with chronological overview followed by focus on different locations. Superb...

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Really enjoyed the museum . Unlike many others I have visited there were lots of English translations . You can spend hours there without seeing it all. Don't visit Syracuse without visiting it.

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Le Mans, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

On a Sunday, in January, the museum says it is open... but it is closed. No explanation. You get a shrug when you ask ... As it is posted as closed on Mondays, there goes our long-awaited visit. The same goes for the Archimedes museum in Ortigia. Very disappointing, and the nagging feeling that frankly, no one cares!

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Quite large with lots to see. We only visited two of the five rooms. Well organized with tons of archeological finds from different areas and times. What was truly amazing was the amount of objects from very small to fairly large, which are intact! Others are quite complete after restoration work. I don't give it a five star because of... More 

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miami
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It is a pity that with all the artifacts they have in this museum they don't even have a map to help you navigate your way around it. The museum is nice but it was cold, they had no guides, no map, and even most of the explanatory signs were in English. Make sure you are well informed before you... More 

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