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Virtual Archaeological Museum Herculaneum

Virtual Archaeological Museum Herculaneum
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Technical organization
Museo Archeologico Virtuale
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Museo Archeologico Virtuale


The MAV is a museum where adults and children can understand, learn and be amazed together. It's the departure point for a travel through history, to discover the beauty and the fascination of our cultural and archaeological heritage through the most moder technologies. The majesty of Pompeii Forum, the mystery of the Papyrus Villa, the fascination of the Baths and the perfect beauty of the ancient Theater of Herculaneum, the magic of Vesuvius with its eruption, the reconstruction of the Schola Armaturarum that collapsed in Pompeii on 2010: join us to discover the most important proofs of a great civilization, living again in all its glory thanks to the 3D virtual reconstruction.

Tour details

From November 2011, a new projection room is open for viewing the virtual reconstruction of the eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD

With the advice of archaeologists and the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), the MAV has produced a film in i3D/multiD format lasting 15 minutes which reproduces the extraordinary event that changed history and the face of Herculaneum and Pompeii.

Rivers of lava accompanied by a column of gas and ash, and a rain of red-hot "lapilli" that seem to break on the viewer: it is now possible to relive the eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD in a theater with stereoscopic 3D technology.

The reconstruction, under the advice of the INGV, is based on the story in the letters written by Pliny the Younger to Tacitus, and it is viewed on a screen 26 meters long, with an immersive 3D projection system up to 240 degrees, designed by SpinVector.

The installation is equipped with a vibrating platform that simulates the earthquakes that were simultaneous to the eruption.

To feel immersed in the scene and take part of the experience projected, visitors, who are at the center of the cylinder, must wear the 3D glasses.

Virtual Archaeological Museum
Via IV Novembre, 44 · 80056 - Herculanum, Naples

Opening hours
From Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 am -5.30 pm.
Closed on Monday

Audio guides available in version for adults and children in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish.

Reservation must be made at least 1 business day in advance.

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Tickets (cost includes the visit to the MAV, the vision of the film: "Herculaneum and Pompeii, 79 AD. The eruption of the Vesuvius", and the audioguide available in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish)

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Reduced price ticket: people under 18 and over 65 years old

Reduced price ticket #2: 1 family ticket valid for 2 adults and 2 children

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