Mav - Museo Archeologico Virtuale, Ercolano

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Experience daily life for the cities at the foot of Mount Vesuvius right up until its eruption at Mav - Museo Archeologico Virtuale. Tour through 3-D reconstructions of the theater of Herculaneum, as well as the homes and gardens of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, Bay, and Capri. Virtual books, holograms, and interactive exhibits explain the customs of the people of these cities. You can watch a large 3-D film reproducing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, with a vibrating platform for the simulation of earthquakes. Add Mav - Museo Archeologico Virtuale to your Ercolano travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Ercolano vacation trip planner.
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  • The MAV represents a good outcome for the difficult task of rebuilding with digital technology what life was like 2000 years ago the Romans in that area, at a level that is of interest to adults and at the same time understandable even for toddlers. There is also the 3D projection room where simulates the Plinian eruption of Vesuvius in 79 a.d. Although I read various critiques, ranging from those of higher technological applications that turn up their noses for small faults, to those who would like more explanation (but everyone should strive to study at least a minimum the topic before you go there), I think overall the MAV has been done very well and it is useful to see before visiting the excavations. Of course, you can still improve.
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  • The objective would be to illustrate life in the city of Herculaneum before the eruption. I was expecting to have explanations, virtually, on what life was like in the day in the life of the inhabitants. Instead it's all limited to spas and a few other activities (I remember a panel representing a school lesson). What is there is nice and well done but should be expanded.
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  • Before going to visit the excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii is a must visit to MAV. The reconstructions of the buildings, the tale of the habits of citizens, economic activities and games of the ancient Samnite and Roman town is of enormous help to the understanding of the excavations. MAV tells how were Herculaneum and Pompeii before their destruction. Tells of the earthquake of 62 and 79 ad Vesuvius ' eruption of Tells and its history of volcano. All without showing anything material: only images, videos, writings and even perfumes. Immersive experience. :) For children, it is a perfect Museum. But even adults appreciate. A note: the informer (I think not of the Museum, but the municipality) upstairs in the Museum is not informed nor timetables prices nor the Museum. Go directly below. MAV, despite family ticket formulas, it is quite expensive. I understand that it took a lot to make it happen and it takes a lot to maintaining it, but maybe it might cost a bit less to be more accessible to less affluent families. Culture, let us remember, belongs to everyone!
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  • It's evident any funding for this site has stopped. Many of the visuals seem to offer nothing as far as insight or information. There is one huge table with words floating around on it that make no sense, another one with letters floating around. The Vesuvius "3D" thing was okay but all the screens looks out of date, discolored and not calibrated to each other so it's a bizarre spectacle; not to mention the 3D glasses are horrendous. Also, if using a Campania Arte card be vigilante at the front desk- the guy tried to swindle us for 10€ saying it isn't one of the free sites- it is.
  • The concept of this museum is a great one but funding for it has obviously dwindled. The first time I went everything worked great but the next year it was obvious that it needed some work. The translations to English (and perhaps other languages) are not very well done.
  • Very disappointing. Spend your money on the sites instead. And I guess on the museums in Naples.
  • this place is kindof meh.. maybe in the 90s it was cool technology. Its worth a visit though, especially if you have already been to Pompeii or Ercolano
  • Not really informative. Very dark. Better off spending the 10€ on a guide at the actual site.