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“Museum of ancient Poseidonia” 5 of 5 stars
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Archaeological Museum of Paestum
Via Magna Graecia | Capaccio, 84047 Paestum, Capaccio-Paestum, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 18 Attractions in Paestum
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Orebro, Sweden
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“Museum of ancient Poseidonia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Museum lies right in front of the main entrance to the Archeological park of Poseidonia. It is possible to buy a combi-ticket for both in the museum, also very convinient to have a Campania Artecard for 3 or 7 days, which give you free access to 2 resp. 5 sites, and 50% discount for anything else you wish to see. Museum has a lot of interesting and unique pieces, the highlights for us were the exhibits from polis and Temples of Poseidonia and from Sanctuary of Hera Argiva in Foce del Sele as well as frescoes of "Tomb of the Diver". Museum also has a rather big and well-stocked bookshop.

Visited September 2012
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“Phenomenal Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

My wife and I visited the Museo Archaeologico Nazionale after wandering around through the ruins of the archaeological park for a few hours. The museum had many well-preserved, gorgeous Greek urns; marble statues; busts; very large and very small terra cotta and marble sculptures; bas-reliefs; friezes; frescoes; geographic-history and topographic-type maps of the Campania region and of Italy; and simple Paleolithic-to-Iron-age pottery, pottery fragments and shards, arrowheads, hunting implements, and cooking pots and implements. Almost all of the exhibits had long explanations with English translations; many of the exhibits had old photographs and diagrams.

There was also a model of the current archaeological park. We learned that the people who lived in Paestum over 2,600 years ago were wiped out by malaria. The museum also had an atrium area with a few trees and some very old sago palms in it. The only older sagos we’d ever seen were the ones in front of the Capodimonte Museum in Naples a few years ago. My wife and I could easily have spent at least one entire day in the museum alone. The exhibits were well organized and displayed, and there were many English explanations. The museum was nothing less than absolutely fascinating!

After leaving the museum, we went back to the archaeological park and wandered about for a few hours more.

Visited May 2012
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“Greek Temples in Southern Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We were on a tour that took us to the ruins at Paestum. It was a place we had never heard of, and was only discovered in the early 20th century. We had a local guide who was extremely knowledgeable, but somewhat difficult to understand. However, the three temples which are standing, are beautiful in and of themselves, without any history. You will feel as if you've been given a glimpse of Greece. We though the museum was amazing. The tombs with the fresco paintings are beautiful, and the painted urns and pots, absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend a visit to this area when you are exploring Southern Italy.

Visited October 2012
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“Nice afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We spent an afternoon at the ruins and really enjoyed it. We used Rick Steves' guide to explain to us what we were viewing. We enjoyed the ruins more than the museum. We arrived by train and walked the short 5-8 minutes to the ruins and the town.

Visited September 2012
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“Greek history still standing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Museum and archeological sites were amazing. Shopping for souvenirs is great also. Dining options available on the commercial street near the attraction.

Visited July 2012
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