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Museo Arkimedeion
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

A fun hands-on math and science museum; a good opportunity to spend an hour exploring a different side of the history of Syracuse. We particularly enjoyed the sand spiral machine, and the sound-focusing exhibit outside .

Thank Kathleen_Reston
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

A high-tech and user-friendly museum showcasing the ancient genius, Archimedes, and his many inventions.

Thank JudithSantaMonica
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

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.

Thank Depont
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

This was an accidental visit on a rainy afternoon and much better than we thought it would be. Lots of interactive stuff, good for the grey cells and would be particularly good with 10 year olds and upwards.

Thank Catherine E
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is a very fun museum with lots of hands-on exhibits to demonstrate Archimedes' discoveries and enough historical information to put them into context. The hands-on items aren't just the 'press a button' stuff that lots of places use; all are fun and some of them are quite challenging. I was so immersed in completing the 'stomachion' that I didn't notice a small child waiting patiently for me to get out of the way. A very well laid-out and informative place. My scientist partner also enjoyed it, so definitely worth a visit for mathematicians and those who are numerically challenged.

Thank m82186338
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