I was a child myself, of course.
In fact, in some ways I was the most famous child in Syracuse because from a young age I was always exploring and building things. I looked around with curiosity and wanted to try everything I imagined I could do. That’s it, never restrain your desire to try, to search, to find. For this reason, I wanted this space to be, above all, a place designed to initiate children into playful educational activities.
The Children’s Museum of Syracuse was born from a project of the Archimedes and Leonardo Museum, a special space designed for children. A sort of creative gym to accustom children to a cultural environment and to the objects that are kept there, with the attention and respect that they deserve. However, the playful aspect should not be overlooked. The goal is to make children feel great pleasure in finding answers to their questions and in seeing their creativity stimulated in every way. To put it simply: a museum to explore with all your senses, including touch.
I was born in Syracuse and we’re not talking about Disney’s Pythagorean Archimedes cartoon but about me, a mathematician and scientist who lived in the third century BC. It is therefore natural that the Museum wanted to pay homage to me by dedicating a museum. But what does Leonardo da Vinci have to do with it? The famous Leonardo, one of the greatest geniuses of all time, owes a great debt to me. Hence the idea of uniting our excellent minds and comparing them in an avaunt-garde museum that displays Leonardo’s models alongside those of Archimedes to seal the indissoluble bond between scholars. Archimedes, Leonardo’s master, if you will.
The Museum is truly avaunt-garde also in versatility, accessible to the visually impaired, because the exhibits can be touched.
The reconstructions allow you to explore every detail and every mechanism.
The machines are also interactive, guaranteeing a truly unique experience even for children.
The Archimedes and Leonardo Museum – Syracuse “becomes two”.
I imagined this space as a place where children can build on their emotional intelligence, where we offer laboratory activities, workshops, conferences to stimulate children but also adults in their approach to art and didactic. Therefore, not just a museum but a cultural center, with additional services reserved for them and flanked by expert teachers and operators in the field. Our aim to open the doors to children and, more specifically to families.
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