We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Interesting Snapshot of Historical Context”

Museo Archeologico Regionale P. Orsi
Book In Advance
More Info
US$105.84*
and up
Archaeological Museum Paolo Orsi in Syracuse
Ranked #9 of 144 things to do in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Reviewed 27 August 2013

A modern museum located very close to the Mercure Hotel and the Madonna delle Lacrimae church. Not all the exhibits and signs were translated from Italian and there were no guidebooks or leaflets in other languages which would have been an advantage.

Interesting to see how Sicily has been influenced by other cultures over the centuries.

There is neither a café / restaurant nor a shop.

1  Thank dfscot
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (766)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

239 - 243 of 766 reviews

Reviewed 9 August 2013

you can spend hours there. it has a various selection of artefacts found around Sicily. it is divided into 4 section- geology, prehistory, roman and greek. I was lucky enough to view a numismatic and jewel exhibition. a very large selection of coins with a quite a description both in English and Italian. all archaeology lovers must visit

1  Thank Sabrina_00602
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 July 2013

Allow plenty of time for this museum which is very extensive and covers history and archaeology from the earliest history to Phoenician, Greek, Roman and later.

Didn't really like the layout of the museum, but it is very comprehensive, though the displays could have been better explained. A great cabinet of finds is not very interesting if not well explained or displayed. Many of the displays have no English translations (well, why should they as this is Italy). This is a very old fashioned museum, where the items are meant to be the sole interest. They need to see that the public want a narrative to be able to appreciate the message. A bit of presentation would really help, but this is just another example of no money in Sicily.

Thank learningitalianat50
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 July 2013

In the Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum, we headed to the basement for the exhibit of ancient coins and jewelry. Check on-line before going so you can be sure to be there when this exhibit is open. With only 10 minutes remaining for the exhibit’s hours, the locked security door was opened by Rosalba who said she would love to show us the exhibit even though it was almost closing time. This is the most impressive coin collection of Sicily and I don’t pretend to be an expert – but by any world class standard, this must be among the best in the world. The coins are like sculptures with their 3D relief and intricacy of design. Well worth going to see.

1  Thank Journeyer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 July 2013

The building in which the museum is housed is as ugly as, 1960s or 70s style, also no consistent aircon so that you regularly think you are going to faint in the stuffy air. The museum shop is also a non-event.

The actual exhibition has its charms, probably mostly for experts, but is way too crowded and carries rarely any non-Italian explanations, and if so then in form of novels rather than getting to the point. Also, it looks like it has not been upgraded for decades.

Overall a shame, the whole thing. Can only recommend it to lovers of this kind of stuff. For laypeople it is mostly a waste of time and money.

Thank mc02282014a
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Museo Archeologico Regionale P. Orsi also viewed

Syracuse, Province of Syracuse
Syracuse, Province of Syracuse
 
Syracuse, Province of Syracuse
 

Been to Museo Archeologico Regionale P. Orsi? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing