ENTERTAINMENT - ROME
The first Italian museum dedicated to the Video games, involved in the research and the spreading of the knowledge and the instruments of this digital expression in evolution.
Rome from has always been connected with the ancient history and the art, fruit of its long tradition. A synonymous of a cultural and tourism that wants to discover its roots, dipping itself in the rests of the Roman civilization. Rome is experiencing a delicate process of modernization, an often criticized attempt for giving it the possibility of developing itself, to talk to the young people and - above all - to involve them. An innovative and audacious example is Vigamus, the first Italian museum dedicated completely to the videogames.
It is an important social experiment, a new cultural approach that wants to give space and voice to an entire generation, grown with technology, television and especially videogames. It seems almost a provocation. The museums are of the silent caretakers of the historical memories, where we store the rests of our past to not forget where we come from. Video games represent the present, the youth. But as the director - Marco Accordi Ricards – explained, the history of the video games is 60 years old. Moreover the Museum of the Videogames of Rome does not want to be just an exposition, a temple of memories, but a space in evolution.
The Museum of the Videogames: what is it?
Vigamus, The Museum of the Videogames of Rome, was born in 2013, and from then it is managed by the Vigamus Foundation, an agency recognized by the ministry of the Artistic, Cultural Assets and of the Tourism. The structure of the museum is divided in various expositions, with 36 various multimedia emplacements. Focus is the central area that hosts the most important exhibitions, and on the sides the three great interactive areas host the temporary exhibitions. The tour of the museum has been thought to facilitate adults and children, with a strong predominance of visual elements of great impact.
Passing through the several rooms, you can read about the history of the videogames, from the old consoles of the early 60s, until the most modern interactive systems with 3D technology. The tour starts with the central exhibition, where you can admire the first console in the world, the Magnavox Odyssey, the Commodore and the sagas told by Infocom, through thematic units. The Arcade, the cabins for videogames famous in the 80s and 90s, the first console games for PC can be found until the futuristic and modern visors for the virtual world. In the Oculus Room it is possible to try the innovated Oculus Rift, glasses for the virtual vision, already very famous.
There are also rare pieces, like the Master Disks of Doom, the most popular shooter created in 1994, or the computer BBC Micro of Dino Dini, for which the first video game of the Kick Off saga was created, than made millions of boys going crazy on Amiga console, before the birth of Fifa. In the Museum there are also works of art, made by the artist as a tribute to the world of games, such as the Game Masters portraits, representing the 9 most important characters of the video games development. There or many settings in the Vigamus museum. Among the most evocative ones, there is the spectacular cinematographic setting of Steel Battalion, the Japanese fanta-scientific video game, whose protagonist is a giant robot fighting for the future of the humanity.
How to reach the Museo del Videogioco in Rome
The Museo del Videogioco is situated in via Sabotino 4, Prati district. It is easy to go there by underground. From Termini station, you can take the line A towards Battistini, get off at Lepanto stop end walk for about 800 metres, passing through Piazza Mancini. You can also take bus number 30 at Lepanto, for just one stop, working for just 300 metres.
Vigamus: opening times and tickets
The Museo del Videogioco is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., but closed on Mondays. The museum is closed also during the main festivities, such as the 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December, on the 1st January, on Easter Sunday, Pasquetta and 1st of May. The full price ticket is €8, €5 for the reduced one, available for children up to 14 years, for over 65 and people with disabilities. The children younger than 5 can enter for free. People with the Roma Pass have a reduction of €2.
Gino - Rome
I visited Vigamus with my girlfriend, last month. Even if she doesn't like video games like me, she enjoyed herself anyway. There are many interesting objects, some of them very rare. Moreover the explanations allow you to know the history of the first devices. The strong point of the museum is the room where you can try the new Oculus Rift, for trying the virtual reality.
Sara - Mantova
I surely was a little bit skeptical, but my 14 years-child insisted to come to visit it. At the end, my husband and I got astonished, because our son had to bring us a way tearing our hands off the consoles. Great hobby to spend some hours with the family, in little bit nostalgic but light moment.
Max - Rome
I really got astonished by the Vigamus museum. I thought it was impossible to realize a similar project, but the organizers have done an excellent work. The structure allows to follow a precise historical tour, travelling back in time, until the birth of first video games. There are many interesting objects, letting you going back in time when you were a child, and they let you forget difficulties of your life for a moment. You can't miss it.
Franco - Milan
I admit the Museo del Videogioco in Rome probably is loved by the adults more than by the children. Playing with all those consoles 30 years old is fantastic, it seems to go back in the past and live the youth again. I recommend it to the families, the museum is well organised and offers amusement for any age.
Gianluca - Turin
While I was on holiday with my family in Rome, I decided to leave my wife in the city centre and go to visit the Museo del Videogioco with my 9-years son. Despite he is the real lover of video games, I have to say you can't resist it. There are too many consoles and computers, you can't stop your memories coming out again. It he's very interesting, and you can also test all the consoles, so time goes by.
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