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MACO Museo di Arte e Cultura Orientale



The MACO works in synergy with our local institutions in particular with schools of all levels, organizing courses and workshops. Our guided tours offer teachers and their students educational itineraries which help to raise awareness of various aspects of Asian art and culture. Currently we are planning a new series of tours and exhibitions entitled “Beyond the Jade Gate: A Silk Road Pilgrimage”. This project will explore the first encounters between Western and Eastern civilizations, retracing the intrepid journeys of early Buddhist pilgrims and the adventures of the first Western explorers at the turn of the last century. The MACO adopts an experiential and multiform approach to its educational programs, employing modern pedagogical techniques and methods such as guided explorations, storytelling and dramatizations, including music and dance. We also pride ourselves on introducing new technology to our visitors, as part of our contemporary communications strategy.

MACO Museo di Arte e Cultura Orientale


The MACO Museum of Art and Culture of Arcidosso strongly believes that new technologies are an important means for museum education, and the involvement of the youngest, therefore the MACO has included multimedia paths using the latest generation of virtual reality. Visitors can virtually visit Tibetan monasteries, caves, and archaeological sites.


The virtual theater located in the center of the museum was designed by our artistic director Giorgio Barberio Corsetti in order to immerse the viewer inside the landscapes filmed specifically with three cameras in Tibet and China. Within the virtual theater, contemporary Tibetan dances are also projected, where the theater visitor can try to follow the dancers.


The multimedia map located inside the MACO was created during a workshop with a numerically controlled milling machine, organized by the director Alex Siedlecki, with the aim of involving young people and the local community in the realization of the museum. On the map of Central Asia, educational itineraries are projected such as the various journeys undertaken in Asia by the Italian explorer Giuseppe Tucci.


The MACO enthusiastically adheres to vocational school projects to contribute to student training. With the Balducci Economic Technical Institute of Santa Fiora (GR) the students carried out the E-MACO project which consists of the creation of an online auction to raise funds for the museum.


In the first two years, MACO has organized various kinds of workshops such as: Tibetan contemporary dance, Tibetan astrology, Bhutanese mask and weaving, printing Tibetan prayer flags and using 3D printers.


Each year MACO hosts conferences, inviting scholars, cultural heritage experts, traditional scholars, artists and craftsman which are open to the public. Various conference topics have included SMART Museums, Photogrammetry and the landscape and Lucid Dreaming in Tibetan Medicine. Most recently, the conference SMART Museums and Digital Cultural Heritage, which dealt with various aspects of technology being applied to restoration, conservation and multimedia digital archives, brought together a panel of leading international experts.

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