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Papyrus Museum (Museo del Papiro)

Address: Via Nizza n. 14 | Ortigia - Siracusa, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0931 22100
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Ranked #16 of 57 Attractions in Syracuse
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Tue - Sun 9:15 am - 2:00 pm

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Vilnius, Lithuania
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Papyrus museum was on my tour plans. When I arrived to Siracuse I managed by my navigator to this point, but unfortunately was pushed on closed doors at this place. No any information in English and nobody to ask. As it occurs it moved to another place in Ortigia. So my advice is to manage to this place entering the... More 

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I wasn't sure what was in this museum until the first exhibit. Other than knowing what papyrus is I was clueless about it's history and Sicily's involvement in that history. It turned out to be very interesting. Might not be everyone's cup of tea but you might be surprised.

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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This probably wouldn't qualify as a "must see" at all, but since I was staying in Ortigia for a week or so, I wandered on in when I came across it and am so glad I did. It's a lovely museum with good displays, lots of information, and when a nice man came running to find me, a great DVD... More 

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Swanage, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

It was useful to be able to watch a video in English before looking at the displays. It was fascinating to learn about Papyrus in Africa and Sicily and the work of the great Sicilian professor.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Even though the museum is small, it's an interesting place to visit and learn a few things about history of papermaking and other uses of papyrus. Just watch the movie after you see the exposition, unless you prefer to see the entire exhibition on screen first! :)

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Excellent museum with an exhibition telling the history of papyrus, and modern efforts to reconstruct ancient techniques. Housed in a beautiful building with research facilities and the pre eminent scholar in the field wandering the halls. All the important information is there in English.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Apparently papyrus was brought to Syracuse from Egypt and it's still grown here. The museum provides insights into its Egyptian origins, how it's made, and other uses of the papyrus plant (reed boats, etc). It's enlightening to see that many Egyptian wall paintings include papyrus -- the fan-shaped tops on long poles -- which I had not realised. It's cheap... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The papyrus Museum recently moved to Ortygia where it is located in a beautiful old building not far from the Old Jewish Baths. It is an interesting review of the preparation of Papyrus but can be easily seen in an hour.

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Boyce, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I stopped in to look for take home gifts and came away impressed with what this lady does and the story that goes with it. The paintings on the papyrus are very evocative of Ortigia and a wonderful souvenir. Watching the plant turned into a sheet is interesting, I always thought that the strands were woven together but they are... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The museum moved to Via Nizze 14 and reopend march 2014. It is very small but very interesting with a demonstration of how to make paper from Papyrus.

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