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“Outstanding collection well-displayed” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Archaeological Museum of Paestum

Archaeological Museum of Paestum
Via Magna Graecia | Capaccio, 84047 Paestum, Capaccio-Paestum, Italy
+39(0)828 811023
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Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Paestum
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding collection well-displayed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Visitors to the Paestum ruins should on no account miss this superb museum, which is full of wonderful material very well-presented in a lovely airy modern building. Our only grumble is that it wasn't very clear how best to plan our route so as to see all the exhibits in a sensible order. The material is drawn from a wider area than the present Graeco-Roman site and includes some superb pre-historical items on an upper floor (worth going upstairs just for the wonderful films of Paestum in the immediate aftermath of the Allied landings on the nearly beach in 1943 - and the story of the British Lieutenant who was an archaeologist and realised that work to establish an emergency airstrip had uncovered an important early burial site!).
The museum brings home to us the cultural overlap and continuity across the various cultures - Italic (Lucanian), Greek and Roman - in the area. Wonderful decorated ceramics, statuary, bronzes and of course the brilliant funerary paintings - and not just the truly marvellous 'diver' - there is so much more to enjoy. Allow at least an hour and be prepared to spend longer.
It is true that quite a lot of the captioning is in Italian only but if that is a problem, just enjoy looking!

Visited February 2014
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“Nice musuem, but not much English text.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We enjoyed this museum as there were lots of things to see, especially the tomb frescoes, but not much of the explanations were in English so it was hard to really know what you were looking at. As it is in the price of admission to get into the scavi site, it is well worth the time to go through! It was 7 euro per adult and the kids were free.

Visited March 2014
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Rome, Italy
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“Paestum museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Fantastic museum! For those who like ancient history, it even shows the history predating the classical times. Included in the ticket to see the Paestum Greek temples, it is a must to see.
Well worth 4-5 hours to see the sites together. Then there is gelato next door!

Visited February 2014
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“Archeological Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Full of Greek treasure, in fine condition, and only a small portion of what still lies underground apparently. A real viewing treat!

Visited October 2013
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Ledbury, United Kingdom
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“Interesting museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Lots to see here, so make sure that you have plenty of time to look around, as well as visiting the temples and ruins at Paestum.

The museum is probably most famous for the tomb of the diver - a relic from the Etruscan civilisation that lived in that region around 500 BC, but there's lots of other things to see as well as interactive media.

Well worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
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