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Museo Archeologico Virtuale (MAV)

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Address: Via IV Novembre, 44, 80056 Ercolano, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 081 777 6843
10:00 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A dip into the past through a multisensory experience, to learn and...

A dip into the past through a multisensory experience, to learn and discover in detail, a dive into the past through a multisensory experience, to learn and discover in detail the historical realities of Herculaneum and Pompeii before the eruption of the Vesuvius 79 AD. This is the mission of the MAV structure that was created in the heart of Herculaneum and provides new ways of using cultural. The visitor will be transported in a virtual context faithfully reconstructed by the use of modern technologies. The journey begins after passing a sort of ancestral door dematerialized bodies in streams and connective intelligence leading to the discovery of names and faces of the ancient Herculaneum, with which it is aware of the history of the community and their way living.

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Chance to see the ruins come to life

We enjoyed this small museum and the way the technology was used to transform the ruins as they are now back to how they were before the eruption. Most of the explanations are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed this small museum and the way the technology was used to transform the ruins as they are now back to how they were before the eruption. Most of the explanations are also in English. Don't expect ultra high tech wizardry - I am sure there are " better" examples in the USA (where most of the critical comments... More 

Thank copim
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The musem gives you a great view of how the Pompei and Ercolano ruins were before the eruption. It gives you a complete image after you visit the ruins. Very interesting virtual animations and the 3D movie was great. We went on Sunday and paid 8 euros for the whole museum (movie also included), because they have "Domenica in museo",... More 

Thank Iva Č
Central NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Let me keep this simple - you won't miss a thing by not going here. This is by far one of the worst museums I've ever wasted my time in. The movie was horrible - so I guess I paid to rest my feet from having visited Herculaneum, and the movie should stick to the storyline of the ruins and... More 

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We chanced upon this having visited the ruins and wandered up the road opposite for a short way. Not one for museums as a rule I thought we would pop in and see what there was and it is really impressive. Lots of displays, but nothing dry and boring, all done with visual technology showing how the city would once... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We were told to visit this to give us an overview of the site, waste of time and money, Tired would be a kind way to describe it,

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Ariege, France
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

We chose to only see the 3d movie, rather than pay for entry to the whole museum. We therefore cannot comment on the museum, but the dodgy computer graphics and lean educational value of the (5 minute) movie constituted a bit of a disappointment. The seats were comfy though ;)

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

This museum is interactive you will learn a lot about the eruption and the life's of the people. The MAV is between the train station at ercalono and Herculaneum it is on the right hand side as you walk towards Herculaneum. We used are Arte ticket to get in highly recommend buying this ticket it gets you into five free... More 

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Reviewed 4 January 2017

After visiting the ruins of Herculaneum we headed to this museum, distant 5 minutes on foot. We opted for the simple visit: we paid a whooping € 7,50 for adults and € 6 for children, declining to pay more to watch the movie . The museum consists in around 25 mini show with really basic 3D recreation of Ercolano, Pompei... More 

Thank Francesco M
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

There were some interesting bits in this museum, particularly those that showed images of Herculaneum morphing from ruin to what they would have looked like prior to the eruption. The 3D eruption show was almost laughably bad, however. Do check out the market behind the museum for an authentic glimpse of the culture in Ercolano.

Thank djnToronto
Fareham, Hampshire
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Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

After visiting the ruins the day before, my wife and I went here to keep out of the rain before taking the train to Pompeii. We then wished we had been here before the ruins themselves. However, you need a reasonable understanding of Italian as there is very little in English. The ineractive parts are pretty basic but you can... More 

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