A stroll through time at the Virtual Archaeological Museum
A journey in reality and imagination that brings the 5000-year archaeological history of the Madonie to life and grants the public an exclusive opportunity to virtually explore archaeological sites that are not currently accessible in real life.
A journey in reality and imagination that brings the 5000-year archaeological history of the Madonie to life and grants the public an exclusive opportunity to virtually explore archaeological sites that are not currently accessible in reality. They also aim to introduce children to the archaeology and the history of the Madonie in a fun and interactive way through games.
This one-of-a-kind museum, known as the MAV, is located in Bompietro, in the province of Palermo. Using modern 3D-technology it allows you to travel the ancient archaeological sites including: Grotta del Vecchiuzzo (Petralia Sottana), the residential site of Balza Areddula (Bompietro), the necropolis of Balza Areddula (Alimena), Castello di San Mauro Castelverde, Roman baths and the tombs of Contrada Muratore Castellana Sicula, the 1800s Mill of Contrada Aliva (Blufi) and some of the findings from Mount Alburchia (Gangi). The museum provides 3D visors to all guests, as well as interactive platforms in order to create an unrivalled multi-sensory experience. There is also the chance to view reconstructions of archaeological sites, bringing ancient settlements back to life.
It is a large museum with over forty different installations filling the 700m2 space. Thanks to holographic glass it is easier for guests to see the beauty of ancient Sicily, including a display of the findings from Grotta del Vecchiuzzo, dating back to 2500-2000BC. There is a Sicanian house, and also a reconstruction of the castle of San Mauro Castelverde. With the assistance of a joypad, visitors can examine the Balza Areddula site as it was in ancient times. An interactive projector can also simulate an archaeological excavation in which the visitors can take part and even discover archaeological findings, as well as the remains of the modern civilisation, such as the plastic and more.