Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi

Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi

Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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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.
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Matthew P
London, UK5,995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
The museum is set on three floors and as such it takes a lot of time to see it all. More like a maze as you walk around being guided by barriers. So much to see you really do need a full day to see it. We went on a Saturday and we were the only ones in there, as you start walking and looking you start to think i should of brought lunch. Worth a visit to see such ancient things.
Written 6 July 2024
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greg
Syracuse, Italy3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
I am horrified and shocked by this museum! The display cases are filthy and dead insects are rotting in them. Many display cases have no light at all. And it gets worse every year.
The people in charge should be deeply ashamed of how they treat the artifacts of one of the historical and archaeological jewels of this world! How can the great Sicilian heritages be treated like garbage?
The carpets are full of stains from the water leaks in the ceiling. And they do not even invest a few minutes to light all the display cases!
I hope the Italian Minister knows this!

The South is poorer than the North, but the South has a history that overshadows the North by far. The history of Sicily should make every Sicilian proud. How can school children be proud of their heritage? So sad…
Written 16 May 2024
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Andrew X
Oakland, CA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Planning on going tomorrow which is a Sunday. Tripadvisor lists the hours as 8 to 6 pm but their official websites reads that it closes at 2 pm.
Written 4 May 2024
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genibre69
London, UK5,251 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I came here as part of the eye-watering combo ticket price of €22 with the archeological park. The museum is massive in terms of how many artifacts it has, particularly in terms of rocks, prehistoric tools and pottery shards, moving into thousands and thousands of pottery and pottery pieces, tools, votives, some statues and statue bits, and much more. The beautiful sarcophagus on the first floor is worth a look. Photos allowed.

I enjoyed reading many of the placards that describe everything from the ancient landscape of Sicily (ancient hippos and elephants here!) to the prehistory of each section of Sicily, to the founding of Syracuse and Ortigia, and Roman penetration. But yes it’s a very old-fashioned museum with many interactive displays not working and it’s obvious some displays are dusty and other cabinets not lit at all.
Written 30 March 2024
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rofly
Durham, NC29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I'm not a huge museum person, but I do like archaeological museums, and this one was great! So much to see, and I was almost the only person there so I was able to quietly take everything in. I was in a rush and only spent 2 hours there, but would have liked more time even though I'd already visited several archaeological museums in the previous 2 weeks. I also regretted not visiting the catacombs nearby.
Written 24 January 2024
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Filippo
Paris, France6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Rundown building. Collections shown without good organization. On top, out of nowhere today the section with Roman and Greek sculptures including the famous Venere di Landolina was closed. Absolutely appalling management.
Written 29 December 2023
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Michelle
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The museum has a vast amount of information and items to see. It gives a good description of how past people have populated the island. It is definitely worth a visit but allow three hours. The basement houses a safe room with recovered coins and jewelry which is also very interesting.
Written 24 June 2023
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RobertaAmarFa
Zug, Switzerland12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Definitely a must see! Wear comfortable shoes, as there’s a lot to see. Visit the archeological site first when it’s not so hot, then walk to the museum and enjoy the culture with air conditioning.
Written 14 June 2023
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TwoSheds57
Melbourne, Australia9,245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
An incredible place. It’s not to be missed. The range is almost overwhelming it’s that comprehensive. The archaeological riches of the area are incredible and they are covered superbly here. There’s awe and beauty in pretty much every spot you see in this museum. The range of Greek treasures is incredible. There are very good Italian and English explanations. Your choice is whether you spend a few hours or a few days here. But whatever you do, don’t miss it.
Written 4 May 2023
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
The Paolo Orsi regional archaeological museum in Syracuse is one of the main archaeological museums in Europe. It is huge, and it includes finds dating from the prehistoric periods up to the Greek and Roman ones from excavations of the city and from other sites in Sicily. It is divided into five sectors:
- Sector A - Prehistory and protohistory
- Sector B - Greek colonies, Syracuse in the archaic age
- Sector C - subcolony of Syracuse, Gela and Agrigento
- Sector D - Syracuse in the Hellenistic Roman age
- Sector F - Early Christian finds
- Sector N - Jewels, medals and coins collection (this section closes earlier than the other sections, it is suggested to visit it first thing)

The museum is in a modern building inside the ancient Villa Landolina which dates back to the end of the 19th century. The villa itself today houses the library and is surrounded by a park housing centuries-old trees and inspired by Arab gardens. There are exhibits from the Roman and Greek eras in the park itself.

It is a very good museum, with an incredible number of exhibits over a total of 21000 square meters (over 225000 square foot).
Written 2 May 2023
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