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“Visit to understand the origins of Sicily”

Museo Archeologico Regionale P. Orsi
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Archaeological Museum Paolo Orsi in Syracuse
Ranked #9 of 119 things to do in Syracuse
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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.
Reading, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Visit to understand the origins of Sicily”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Modern museum, well laid out. Gives geological origins of the island and archaeological finds from many sites in the area. Closes end of September until new year. Toilets are good, but there are no refreshments available, other than some drinks from a vending machine.

Visited October 2013
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  • Danish first
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  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
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Holiday, Florida
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304 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Hot but worth the sweat!”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

If you are willing to tolerate the lack of AC and the prohibition against photography, and are not easily bored by an installation in which objects are grouped chronologically by site (which tends to be boringly repetitive), then the collections in this museum are a treat because there are more sculptures on view here than in any other museum on the island. These include the kouros inscribed for Sombrotidas, the mother goddess nursing her twins, the elegant seated goddess, and the Aphrodite named Landolina after the one who excavated her. The upper floor contains additional images. The added plus is, of course, the numerous environments in which architectural elements and models of ancient temples in the city are featured.

Visited September 2013
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Review of museum”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

Fantastic museum with wonderful displays. Sadly there is no cafe and only a drinks machine. Also, again sadly no postcards, books etc with the exception of small brochure. Shame because its a fantastic place

Visited September 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Really nice archaeological museum, mostly English friendly”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

A must-see if you're into ancient history. Most of the exhibits have accompanying English text, but not all of them. I was surprised to see that there was a LOT of pottery in this museum. It makes you wonder what our civilization's "pottery" will be in 2,000 years.

Make sure to buy the museum & park combo ticket. That will save you a few euros.

Visited September 2013
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Very interesting but doesn't take very long too see”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

The underground 1st - 2nd century catacomb complex is huge, and in part built into earlier Greek water cisterns. It's worth knowing, however, that the catacombs can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Depending on the size of the tour group it could take as little as around 25 minutes to see a part of the complex with your guide. It's an interesting site to visit either before or after a trip to the archaeological park as they are located in the same part of Siracusa.

Visited September 2013
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