Archimedes’ Museum (Konstantinos Kotsanas) in Ancient Olympia is a unique thematic museum in Greece and is dedicated to the great Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Astronomer and Inventor of the ancient Greece and the Ancient Greek Technology of his time.
Archimedes’ Museum is permanently hosted in the center of Ancient Olympia in a two floor building that was granted by the municipality of Ancient Olympia. That was unanimously agreed by the board of directors of the city of the Ancient Olympia and supported by both the Commercial Union of Ancient Olympia “Hermes” and the Hotel owners of the city.
Archimedes was a unique and tiptop genius in the spiritual world of all times. He passed on to the global culture great theses in the fields of all the ancient sciences and most of all, he became the springboard for the development of the modern science. He invented a lot of inventions, some of them still in use as at the same time he inspired Da Vinci and he influenced Galileo and Newton.
The Museum’s visitors can see the hydraulic screw, the accurate mechanical planetarium, the winch with gears and endless screw, the dioptra, the odometer, the nautical odometer, the mechanical and the hydraulic paradox, the way to check the purity of gold, the density meter, burning using mirrors, the Roman scale, the giant cranes and the powerful war machines, the famous Antikythera mechanism and many other of Archimedes’ 24 inventions.
The aim of Archimedes’ museum is to feature in absolute validity and reliability, this unknown perspective of that great wise man of antiquity and to prove that that the technology of the Ancient Greeks during the 3rd century B.C. was shockingly similar to the beginning of our modern technology.
The exhibits are accompanied by rich audio-visual material (in Greek and English), such as explanatory labels and giant posters with a lot of information, detailed diagrams, photos and complete bibliographical references, while many of the exhibits are interactive.
April 1st – October 30th: daily 10:00-20:00
November 1st – March 31st: daily 10:00-15:00
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