Arkimedeion Museum: The Science and Technology of Archimedes

Discover Archimedes' machines, his contributions to mathematics, geometry, static, and hydrostatic physics. There is even a planetarium!


Museo Arkimedeion
Piazza Archimede 11 – Palazzo Pupillo
96100 - Siracusa (SR)
Tel. 0931 61121 - 392 9481692
[email protected]

Arkimedeion is a science and technology museum dedicated to the great Greek mathematician and physicist who lived in Syracuse between 287 and 212 BC. Archimedes was really a genius, one of the greatest scientists of classical antiquity, and it is important that his hometown dedicates him a museum. The various scientific topics addressed by Archimedes, and even inventions attributed to him, are illustrated with 24 original interactive exhibits accompanied by media tools that allow the visitor an understanding of the great discoveries in mathematics and physics.

Opening dates and times:

The Museum is open every day:

  • winter opening hours: from 10:30am. to 7:30pm. (last entrance at 7pm)
  • summer opening hours: from 10:30am. to 7:00pm. (last entrance at 6:30pm)

Guided visits available for groups in Italian or English, reserved at least 7 days before the tour and starting before 3:30pm.

Reservations must be submitted at least 1 business days before the visit for single visitors, at least 7 days before for groups over 20 people.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: After succesfully completing a reservation, you will receive two e- mails: the copy of your order (immediately after submitting your order) and the confirmation mail (one working day after). In order to receive them, please make sure you insert your e-mail address correctly and check that your anti-spam filter or antivirus are not blocking mails from our address [email protected] Special attention for AOL mailbox users.

PLEASE NOTICE: Confirmed time is not always the same time you requested; museum automatically confirms the closest available time on the same date if requested time is sold out.

Cancellation policy: it's possible to cancel at least 3 days before the visit in order to receive a refund of the cost of tickets, minus service fee. Further cancellations and no shows are not refundable.

PURCHASE OF THE CATALOG: In order to purchase your copy of the catalog of the museum collection at the bookshop on the day of the visit, click here. If you prefer delivery of the catalog at home, click here.

Arkimedeion Museum – The Science and Technology of Archimedes

Welcome to the Arkimedeion Museum!

The various scientific topics addressed by Archimedes, as well as inventions attributed to him by the legends that have surrounded his figure in later centuries are illustrated with 24 original interactive exhibits that capture the interest of young and old visitors. One of these inventions is for example the famous “Archimedes heat ray,” in which mirrors were pointed at specific angles to set fire to the Roman ships besieging Syracuse.

Each exhibit is accompanied by media tools that invite you into an understanding of the great mathematical discoveries (measurements of surfaces and volumes, squaring the circle, calculating the center of gravity of the body) and demonstrations of physics principles (the principle of the lever, floating bodies).

The explanations are often stimulating simulations, accompanied by historical notes and information on Archimedes work, anecdotes, bibliography – guiding you through the historical period in which Archimedes lived and the heart of his great discoveries.

The various topics discussed are grouped according to three main topics: machines for war and peace, mathematics and geometry, static and hydrostatic physics. A planetarium completes the Arkimedeion Museum.

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