What is a virtual museum? A museum that is free from the usual constraints of four walls, display cabinets and opening hours.
Up to date, innovative and multimedia-based by definition, it exploits the virtual world to allow wider access to the collections and items held by the Aosta Valley Regional Natural Science Museum and to spread the culture of natural science.
The virtual tool allows us to make our heritage accessible in an authentic centre for interpretation, knowledge and virtual consultation where users can create and guide their own personal learning itineraries through their own actions and choices.
In the case of the Aosta Valley Regional Natural Science Museum, the Virtual Museum is even more. In fact, it is not just a mere digital representation of the real museum, since the exhibition centre is currently closed to the public for restoration. The entire medieval castle of St-Pierre, the historical location of the science museum, is undergoing conservative restoration and is awaiting a new and radical museum refurbishment.
The Virtual Museum allows therefore to keep alive and accessible collections and exhibits are now housed in the Natural-scientific research center of the Marais la Salle.
The museum collections - the leaves in the herbarium, the entomology, petrographic and mineralogy collections, the stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes along with the collections of lichens, eggs and nests - have been patiently organised and entered into functional databases in high resolution digital format.
With the Virtual museum, you can rapidly search the samples of interest, view them in high resolution, zoom in on details and view summary related information.
To enter the virtual museum, click on collections and select the section you're interested in.
To find out more about the cooperation project which the Virtual museum is participating in, visit the Bio-Montagne Project section.
A Multidisciplinary group has contributed to the realization of the Virtual Museum, formed by:
Isabella Vanacore Falco, Director of the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali della Valle d'Aosta;
Marco Chemollo, naturalist;
Davide D'Acunto doctor in forestry and environmental sciences;
Maria Garrone, doctor in forestry and environmental sciences;
Fabrizio Troilo, geologist;
Giovanni Maffei, library cataloging expert;
Enrica Matteucci, naturalist and lichenologist;
Edoardo Panfili, web and computer expert (www.aspix.it), designer and developer of the web site;
Translations of texts, Verto Group Srl.
And in a role of consulting and supervision the following have also contributed:
Maurizio Bovio for herbariums of higher plants;
Luca Miserere for the bryological herbarium;
Rosanna Piervittori for the lichen herbarium;
Massimo Bocca and Pietro Passerin d'Entrèves for zoology collections;
Stefano De Leo and Paolo Castello for geology and mineralogy.