You wont find any ancient artefacts at this “virtual” museum located just a few blocks from Herculaneum, but if you want a glimpse into what life was like before the fatal eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, MAV is worth a visit. Thanks to modern technology, the museum’s 70 multimedia, multi-sensory exhibits bring ancient history to life, transporting visitors to the ancient Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the years before the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.

The journey begins with the virtual reconstruction of the faces of The Ancient Residents of Herculaneum and ends with a day to night recreation of life in Pompeii’s town centre, At the Forum. Kids will love the museum’s virtual displays: touch screens, holograms, a fog screen and more; while adults will appreciate the museum’s fun and interactive approach to learning.

At the end of the tour, visitors can add on the 3D, multi-sensory screening of “The Eruption of Vesuvius” for an extra a fee. An audio guide for the museum is available, but visitors will find computerised information kiosks describing each installation in Italian, English, Spanish, German, and French.