Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

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Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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This museum has all of the interesting finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum, both doomed cities after the violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Matt R
London, UK293 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Napoli was founded by Greek colonisers as Nea Polis (New city) - isn’t it already a strong reason to make you curious about this museum?

This is a must see place in Naples as it is one of the most important archeological museums in the country. It features marvels of ancient times such as mosaics from nearby Stabiae and Pompeii, statues of Roman emperors and tons of Greek artefacts. When I went there, I was also able to see an exhibition on gladiators.
Written January 15, 2022
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Jo$e7788
Nicaragua85 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Fantastic! I would say it’s a must to any visitors coming to Naples. Lots of things to see, so take your time and understand how much history has been layered in this city
Written January 1, 2022
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Ashton R
Gretna, LA4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
The museum is OPEN, closed tuesdays. We bought tickets online but no one ever checked them, so that’s 60 euro wasted.

The layout is confusing and the signage equally so.

The displays/lighting seem dated or poorly maintained. Many of the most important works, such as the Faun statue or the mosaic of Alexander from Pompeii, were not on display. The Alexander mosaic apparently was scheduled to complete renovations in August of 2021 but has yet to return.

Several wings were closed with no explanation: The Numismatics, The Villa of the Papyri(!), parts of others.

If you want to see the Secret Cabinet, it is only open 9-2p and is locked behind a gate afterwards..

If you have been to one of the great museums like the Capitoline, Palazzo Massimo etc you have seen most of the rest before.
Written December 27, 2021
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,647 contributions
Dec 2021
Someone has proposed for this museum the qualification of "Europe's most important archaeological museum". It's always difficult to establish rankings in this field, and therefore I don't take a position on this statement. Probably the definition can be accepted as regards the art of ancient Rome, and even so the definition has great importance: it's assumed - a not trivial notion - that the most important exhibition of ancient Roman art is in Naples and not. in Rome.
At first sight, this definition could be justified because Naples was able to take advantage of the findings in Pompeii, Herculaneum and other places buried by Vesuvius in 79 AD. The reasoning would be plausible: which settlements in the ancient Roman world have been so radically buried, and therefore "sealed" and preserved in the most intimate details of their life up to the present day, as these cities perished (with almost all their inhabitants) for the fury of the volcano? It's evident that we owe to this tragic event, for instance, two very different finds, both of inestimable cultural value: on the one hand, the most famous floor mosaic coming down to us from antiquity, the battle between Alexander and Darius in Isso (or in Gaugamela) from the "Casa del Fauno ”in Pompeii; on the other, the silverware table set of 108 pieces from the "Casa del Menandro" also in Pompeii, which after two millennia seems ready to be used on the spot.
And what about painting? It's known that the historiography on Roman wall painting operates a periodization in four "styles" based precisely on the finds from Pompeii, which remained on site in the unearthed city but are also largely present in this museum.
And yet the treasures of the cities destroyed by the volcano, although important, are certainly not the only ones that have determined the importance and fame of the museum. Let's think of famous sculptures such as the "Farnese Hercules", or that real marble mountain (the largest sculpture that has come down to us from the classical world) which is the "Farnese Bull" (both found at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome), and then to gigantic statues of Roman emperors (like Alexander Severus), and to innumerable busts of other emperors, and other famous sculptures that cannot even be listed here; to reach - passing from large or enormous to small - the collection of gems including the sublime "Farnese Cup".
All this wealth, as the name implies, comes from the collections of the powerful Farnese family, creators in the early modern age of the largest collection in the world of Roman antiquities: the collection then arrived in Naples starting from the 1730s, then in this museum, because it was inherited by the king of Naples Charles III, as the son of Elisabetta Farnese, the last heir of the family.
Overall: the cities destroyed (and preserved) by Vesuvius plus the outstanding Farnese collection are the strong points of this museum. There is much more to remember, but I will stop here, having tried to place the formation of this "monument" into the world history of museums.
Finally, two tips:
- Allocate no less than four hours to visit the Museum (but the ideal would be a whole day)
- Audio guides - at least in December 2021 - are of little use, as they only describe a small part of the museum's works. It's desirable that this condition will change soon, but for now it is.
Written December 17, 2021
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Hans
Kwadendamme, The Netherlands2,611 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Here are displayed the results of the excavation of Pompeii. In a clear context is the history told of the eruption of the vulcano. High lights for me is the armour of the gladiators.
Written November 7, 2021
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lamusi
Parma, Italy264 contributions
Oct 2021
The pieces of art, especially from Pompei and Ercolano, on show in the museum deserve top marks and rival with those of any other museum. The paintings in particular are great but also the delicate statues and the mosaics. The display is a bit sketchy and not very clear, many rooms are closed while others are open but dark and somehow creepy. Must be seen.
Written November 5, 2021
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Nanyori2001
Calgary, Canada111 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
I visited in October 2021 and it is OPEN. The layout can be confusing as they don't have paper maps. It is beautiful with many sculptures and treasures. I would appreciate more signage and directions.
Easy to locate and walkable area.
Written October 30, 2021
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janelitamirta
Gilbert, AZ452 contributions
Oct 2021
This museum is OPEN.

It's also one of the worse museums I ever visited. Why? Because it contains treasures but it makes no effort to help the visitor appreciate or find them. One example: I rented for (5 euros) the audioguide. The introduction (#1) started well. But would you believe it that the numbers of the exhibition corresponding to the numbers in the audioguide are simply NOT there? Maybe they removed them to paint and they were never reinstated.

In one room, I asked an employee renting something else and she told me that for that particular room the name was 59. But no numbers anywhere.
Of course, I had to give up. Visitors are expected to wear masks, but employees don't. How annoying can they get?

The best thing is what I found works for Naples in general: have zero expectations and then you will not be disappointed. Staring with my hotel, the principle is working well. Don't expect to find an ATM. Don't expect to find clean anything. You will not be disappointed.
Written October 9, 2021
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Giorgos K
5 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
The museum was fantastic. Everyone was friendly and knew English very well. The ride outside is great for a pic and the space is big with many things to see. 2€ price for EU young people is an extra
Written September 26, 2021
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Samuel J
14 contributions
Sep 2021
IT IS OPEN! Only one day in week is closed.
The place was so nice. It is a huge colection of Egyptian, Roman and further periods, the exhibitions included also excavation findings of Neapolis and Parthenope.
I was confused about the way the exhibits were described pointing to what collections it came from as the most important thing, but it seemed redundant to me, I would rather find out more about the exhibit itself. Audio guide was a help with this.
Written September 8, 2021
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