Western Australian Museum exhibits full scale replica of Antikythera Mechanism by Greek Australian engineer


The Western Australian Museum is holding an exhibition of the full scale replica of the world's oldest computer, known as the Antikythera Mechanism, built by Greek Australian engineer Dr Nick Andronis,   from today, 25 March, Greek National Independence Day with the support of the Consulate of Greece in Perth.

"The Consulate of Greece in Perth has been proudly supporting the project from the start and we cannot hide our enthusiasm that the Antikythera Mechanism will be part of the Museum's exhibits, along with the replica of the Parthenon Frieze." said Mrs Georgia Karasiotou, Consul of Greece in Perth

Steeped in mystery since its discovery over 120 years ago, the Antikythera Mechanism has inspired people around the world to construct models, with varying degrees of accuracy, in order to understand its precision mechanics.

In 2022, Western Australian engineer Dr Nick Andronis completed a scale replica to extraordinary technical accuracy. He studied the latest research into the mechanism, including highly detailed CT scans and wanted to replicate, as much as possible, the tools and techniques that would have been available to the ancient Greeks.

Both the original Antikythera Mechanism and Nick’s replicas were made possible through shared collective knowledge. The ancient Greeks drew on the knowledge of the Babylonians and Egyptians to create the Antikythera mechanism. Nick was able to create this working bronze replica as researchers continue to develop and share new understandings of the Mechanism.

Known as the world’s first mechanical computer, the Antikythera Mechanism was an intricate device created in ancient Greece around 200 BCE. Its estimated 69 gears performed complex mathematical calculations to predict the location of the sun, moon, and planets. It was also used to track moon phases, solar and lunar eclipses as seen between Cyprus and Sicily.


Visit these exquisitely hand-crafted replicas made from bronze and sheoak, jarrah, wandoo and Tasmanian pine.

Activate the scaled-up wooden version to see how the mechanism works as you learn more about the extraordinary story of the Antikythera Mechanism.

The WA Museum would like to acknowledge the contributions of Georgia Karasiotou and the Consulate of Greece (Perth), Dr Nick Andronis, Dr Tony Freeth and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens for their contributions to this exhibition.

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