MUSINT - Museo Interattivo delle collezioni egee e cipriote presenti in Toscana - EN

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MUSINT - Museo Interattivo delle collezioni egee e cipriote presenti in Toscana, is a virtual interactive museum that allows the access to the Aegean and Cypriot collections of five museums in Tuscany: Museo archeologico di Firenze, Museo archeologico comunale di Monte lupo Fiorentino, Museo dell'Accademia etrusca di Cortona, Museo di San Matteo and 'Antiquarium del dipartimento di Scienze archeologiche di Pisa. Thanks to this solution it is possible to admire simultaneously objects that otherwise would be spread and difficult to reach. Particular attention is paid to schools. The website offers two itineraries in which Agamemnon and the Minotaur guide children through the stories and myths of Crete and ancient Greece, thanks to detailed drawings. Finally, scholars who request it can access an archive of high quality digital 3D images, which allow to admire the works in a direct way overcoming perspective limitations of the traditional display. The researchers MUSINT - Museo Interattivo delle collezioni egee e cipriote presenti in Toscana' is just a "first set-up" hosted in the platform, which could be followed by other kind of exhibitions.



MUSINT - Museo Interattivo delle collezioni egee e cipriote presenti in Toscana

Founding Year:

The project is ready since the 1st of June 2012 (works started in 2010-2011).



Administration (structure, staff, representatives and collaborators):

Musint is the result of a research project carried out by the Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Antichità of the University of Florence.

The project has been realized thanks to a grant of the Regione of 160 thousands euro, coming from the European Funds (POR FESR 2007 – 2013).

Institutions and entities involved
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Antichità, Medioevo e Rinascimento e Linguistica
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Facoltà di Architettura, Dipartimento di Costruzioni e Restauro, Laboratorio GeCo
Magenta Software Lab, Firenze
Menci Software s.r.l., Arezzo

Museo archeologico di Firenze
Museo archeologico comunale di Montelupo Fiorentino
Museo dell'Accademia etrusca di Cortona
Museo di San Matteo e l'Antiquarium del dipartimento di Scienze archeologiche di Pisa.

Project Coordinator
Prof. A. M. Jasink (Aegean Civilizations, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, Medioevo e Rinascimento e Linguistica, Università degli Studi di Firenze)

Director of the research group GeCo
Prof. G. Tucci (Dipartimento di Costruzioni e Restauro, Università degli Studi di Firenze)


the project can be seen on


GECO - Laboratorio di Geomatica per la Conservazione e la Comunicazione dei Beni Culturali
Università degli Studi di Firenze - Via Micheli, 8 - 50121 Firenze
tel. 055.2756587 - 0552756570



The purpose of MUSINT is to make accessible and manipulable on line, works that are stored in warehouses and that are used only for single exhibitions, or works that are displayed in places not easily reachable and inside cabinets that limit their view. Carlotta Cianferoni, the director of the archaeological museum of Florence, has stated that this kind of experiences represent "an attempt to explain the museum and its collections in a different and more captivating way, while showing the vastness of the goods guarded in its storehouses".

Sectors of Intervention:

Cultural heritage and new technologies

Activities (research/production/training/promotion):

Promotion of cultural heritage through new technologies (researching the best ways to apply technologies to cultural goods).

Origin and history:

MUSINT is a research project aimed at the realization of a virtual interactive museum, which structure can be used for different kind of exhibitions, adapting the content to customized reading and interaction modalities adequate to different kind of users (experts, students, families). The one dedicated to Aegean and Cypriot collections is the first set-up of this research and it is accessible on line starting from 1 June 2012.

The project required the collaboration of researchers and technicians coming form different fields and with different competences in order to form a team able to create a work of wide perspectives. Archaeologists, historians and museologists worked for the realization of the contents and the educational itineraries; computer and multimedia communication experts were in charge of the interaction and interface modalities (Web, touch-screen, etc.) and of the development of the exhibition platform; 3D scan technicians, usingoptical scan and photogrammetric systems, took care of the realization of the tridimensional digital models of one third of the displayed works.

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Projects (realized/on-going/to be realized):



  • Le Collezioni egee del Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze, edited by A.M.Jasink and L.Bombardieri, Firenze University Press 2009
  • MUSINT Le collezioni archeologiche egee e cipriote in Toscana, edited by A.M.Jasink, G.Tucci, L.Bombardieri, Firenze University Press 2011.






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Links to Augmented Reality Portals


  • Jasink A. M., Tucci G., Cini D., MUSINT: a virtual habitat for relocated archaeological artifacts, in: Proceedings of the 16th Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies, Vienna, Austria, November 14-16 2011 [forthcoming 2012].



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