Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi

Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi

Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi
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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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CheltenhamPaul
CheltenhamPaul152 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
There are lots of great museums and galleries in Italy and sometimes even if the exhibits don't all excite you, they are displayed well in an often beautiful building. Not in this case. There is one room of pots after another. Pots, pot, pots. This appears to be a depository or storage space for every pot that has been found in Sicily. Why could they not take a few key exhibits and display them in an interesting way and explain their significance? Building itself feels shabby and unloved.
Written 31 March 2022
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Michelle
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 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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Matthew P
London, UK5,997 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 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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Julia L
Columbia, MO119 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The museum is in very poor physical condition. There are many leaks in the roof, and when we were there after a rainstorm there was water in many of the display cases housing pottery. The museum is organized not by chronology, not by type of object, not by artistic technique, and not by subject matter (on painted pots). Instead, it is organized by where objects were found. Since there are many archaeological sites in Sicily, this resulted in many display cases with nearly identical contents. The museum reportedly houses 18,00 items, many of them fragmentary, and it seems that most of them were on display. Many of these are of negligible interest (how many utilitarian clay oil lamps does the average visitor want to see?) In between are some beautiful pots but it is a lot of work to find them.
Written 19 February 2023
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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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Kai-ji
Washington DC, DC133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
You can visit as part of a combined ticket to the Necroplis. Very detailed and extensive findings from southeast Sicily from pre-history to Bronze Age. Interesting building designed in a circle with 3 “wings” of different eras.
Given that it is 2021 did not appreciate the sexist language of many exhibits; surely it is time to use “humankind” instead of “mankind”. One remarkakable,pre-history exhibit noted that “it is thought men did hunting etc. and women did domestic work.” “It is thought” is not scientific language and has no place in a museum. We know nothing about how pre-historic people’s organized their lives. This term used nowhere else in the exhibits where more accurate science based language was use.
Written 23 October 2021
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Leslie W
Poughkeepsie, NY883 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a must-see when in Siracusa, highlighting both the Greek and Roman roots of the city. One can spend a few hours if one is ambitious enough to try to see it all. The brochure offers three possible paths for exploration; unfortunately, the brochure's map is hard to decipher and the site itself isn't as clearly marked as it might be. We ended up seeing only a small portion and being frustrated by not being able to figure out how to get to some of the parts we were most interested in.
Written 18 October 2022
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TwoSheds57
Melbourne, Australia9,260 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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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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WAW-YMX-YUL
Montreal69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
A great museum that offers a wealth of artifacts to see. The visit starts in the park where several roman statues, sarcophagus and other interesting exhibits are present. Take a stroll immediately right of the main entrance and admire the objects as you walk towards the beautiful Renaissance building (not the museum) with its fountain, then head towards the entrance of the museum (modern building).

The museum staff is generally very low-key and friendly. The welcome desk guy is multilingual and helpful. The lady in charge of the numismatic collection is a warm, colorful but knowledgeable character (speaks Italian, French and some English... perhaps Spanish too, I'm not sure). Information panels throughout the museum are useful and very interesting (Italian and English). I scheduled 4 hours for the museum but ended up spending 3 hours just in the coins and jewelry section! There is so much beautiful and interesting artifacts to see!

One last thing: contrary to some other opinions, I loved the museum. However, do not expect a dumbed-down poor excuse for a museum for short-attention span immature adults and kids who constantly need to be stimulated and entertained by gimmicks, visuals, buzz, activities and "stuff". This is a museum, yes rooms full of inanimate objects, artifacts and information. Although there are some interactive screens with virtual "guides" that tell you about the history of the region, you won't find much more in terms of gimmicks, hands-on experiences and other ways to capture the 10-second attention span of some people. If you can't focus, read, think, admire and stand still, this may be a challenging experience. It is a museum.

Tips: If you're interested by the subject matter (history of Sicily, archeology, Greco-Roman artifacts), schedule at least 2-3 hours to visit the museum without rushing too much. There is a lot to see!
Start your visit in the basement (Numismatic Collection) as it closes around 1pm. You will probably need to ring a bell to be admitted into the coins section; it's normal procedure as the area is permanently locked.
Buying a combined ticket (Museum + Archeological Park nearby) offers a better deal. Feel free to take photos (no flash); you CAN leave the museum and re-enter on the same day!
Tickets are purchased inside the museum building (don't let the kiosk by the gate mislead you) and credit cards are accepted.

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Written 8 March 2018
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