In Syracuse, a place where Archimedes worked and died one could expect to find a bit more information about this great man. It seems that technological museum "Arkimedion" is the only place in the whole city (at least one easily locatable) where this man is remembered. The museum is well done and exhibits are excellent, allowing hands one experimentation with some of Archimede's inventions such as: conic section (for teens), focusing of light and sound with parabolic mirrors (several very nice exhibits and a computer game for any age), the calculation of Pi (nicely done with a plexiglass circle and polygon produced by a laser pointer), stomachion puzzle and drawing spirals in sand (very good for smaller kids). I was a bit disappointed that museum occupies only one floor and such inventions like levers, machines used during the siege of Syracuse, Archimedes screw, and law of Archimedes together with the famous story about Hieron's crown are not reflected in the exhibition (unless we somehow missed all of it). Hopefully new interested exhibits would be added in the future.
Kid entrance is not free unlike in many other places in Sicily, but you can get a family ticket which for two adults and two kids would be 16 euros instead of 20. I was a bit disappointed by the offering of souvenirs in the shop. There were no attractive T-shirts (only those with the logo of the museum) and no sophisticated math/logic/etc toys which you would find in similar techno museums in other countries.
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