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!
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