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Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Paolo Orsi)

Viale Teocrito 66, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
0931-464-022
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Ranked #8 of 61 attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: This is the most extensive archaeological museum in Sicily, with its wide collection of fossils and figures of Ancient Siracusa including the famous... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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sanctuary cove
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This is a huge and very well curated collection of thousands of years of history. I am not sure however whether the exhibits themselves or some of the stories of how the finds were made are more entertaining. It will take you about 1/2 a day to do this museum justice. There are some spectacular items on display.

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NorthEast UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Interesting collections but some of it wasn't open and it was very old fashioned type museum with collections in glass cases and nothing interactive to interest children. Also it was very hot and airless and we didn't want to stay in too long because of that.

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Leicester
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We visited the archaeological museum and were knocked out by it - absolutely fantastic. There were very few other people present and we wandered through the galleries at our leisure. The displays are wonderful and packed full of finds from thousands of years' ago. The displays are very well done. We wished there was more time - we only scratched... More

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great collection. Not so many life size kouroi as we thought, but still interesting. Organised in a creative, though slightly chaotic way.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I'm sure it's fascinating to the correct audience, however there's only so many broken pieces of old greek vases you can look at. The museum itself is setup quite well, although some of the information was in Italian only.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We spent the heat of the day here before visiting the Archeological park, just gives an excellent overview of the layered history of Southern Sicily, air conditioned too. Clean toilets, always a bonus.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Whereas other great museums seem to keep loads in store, you get the impression that EVERYTHING is on display. We have never seen so many pots - some quite impressive. It seems that everything that anyone has ever dug up on the island is there. But the best bit is the vault in the basement - check out the coins!... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Absolutely amazing collection of treasures going back to paleolithic artifacts taken from multiple archeological digs all over the area. The building is very modern and the exhibits are displayed very well with English placards in addition to the Italian. We spent several hours in there and really there is no way to really study everything in there without multiple visits.... More

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Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a beautiful, comprehensive museum of the archaeology of Syracuse and the region. It is also a very comfortable building. There is a lot to see and you should plan to spend an entire day. The admission ticket also gets you into the Greek theater several blocks away which will take several hours so budget your time carefully.

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istanbul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you visit to siracusa, you have to go to the Archaeological Museum of the Siracusa. Some of the section was closed and some section electricity part were broken and some cart, map and board button wasnt work for that reason first we surprised, when we were finished the museum tour our opinion about museum were changed, we had seen... More

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