At the Selfie Museum in Torvaianica, with bizarre effects and lots of fun
The Selfie Museum is located within the Zoomarine park on the outskirts of Rome, specifically in Torvaianica, a hamlet in the municipality of Pomezia. It is currently the only one of its kind in Italy. There are others in Los Angeles, Miami and Dubai.
To give an idea of the trend, just think that every day, on average, around 100 million selfies are uploaded to social media.
The museum offers a varied programme that includes a playful and educational itinerary covering 400 square metres with 25 settings in which to have fun taking all kinds of selfies. A few examples? You can walk upside down on the ceiling, fall into the air from a skyscraper or swim in a pool full of coloured balls.
The museum is a kind of visual narrative, telling the story of how the selfie craze has evolved over the years. You can see historic selfies, dating back a few years. The museum is located inside the Zoomarine park, the largest marine park in Italy.
The first selfie in history and Selfino, the dolphin ambassador
When was the first self-portrait taken? It actually dates back to 1455, and was created by the French painter Jean Fouquet. The first group selfie, on the other hand, was taken in 1920 in New York. It shows five men sitting on the terrace of a building in the city. Today it is an iconic and very famous image that is part of the digital collection of the Museum of the City of New York.
The ambassador of the Selfie Museum is Selfino, a dolphin who loves to film himself with a camera and beckons visitors to follow him. During the interactive tour, he is the first to invite newcomers to post the results of their shots on their profiles and also to post them on the official Zoomarine profile.
If you are in Lazio, close to Rome, a visit to the Selfie Museum could be an entertaining way to spend a few hours in an extravagant and original setting.