Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum
4.5
8:30 AM - 6:45 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:45 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:45 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:45 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:45 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:45 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:45 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:45 PM
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HighlandLass24
Baltimore, MD188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This museum actually has a lot in it. The amount of artefacts in it excavated from the local area was impressive. To think of how the colors survived all these years on the painted tombs is unbelievable. Lots of Greek style pottery, which I happen to love so it was a great visit. The museum isn't that big, but definitely worth a visit.
Written July 4, 2021
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Basinman
507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
The main reason we visited Paestum was to see the Archaeological Museum and Ruins. Highly recommended. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Like Pompei, the city has been excavated and you can learn about the city as you explore. Three Greek temples remain that are the best preserved of any Greek temples anywhere. The best part was the relaxed and uncrowded atmosphere. You can get great photos with the crowds. We visited the ruins first, buying a great book about them at the ticket counter for 6 Euro. After the ruins, walk across the street to the museum, included in your ticket. They have fascinating items from Pasteum for you to see.
Written October 18, 2019
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Julie F
New York City, NY11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This museum is really a hidden gem. I found the artifacts were well placed in a historical context and the narrative fascinating. Hera of Sele, the diver who leaves a time, the crying cults, one ponders on the meaning of these early Greeks on many levels. I became enthralled and started reading on Pythagoras, orphic cults and the liberation of the soul form the body. These concepts were foreign in the ancient world. The otherworld was a swamp, a place of nonexistence.The pythagoreans are the first (cultists) who see the next world as "salvific". Precursors to Christ? Marco is an mazing tour guide. We also went downstairs to see the tombs in the depository. I saw those bones and I wondered if they died saved? These are really unique insofar they are a combination of the multiethnic influences of Greek, Etruscan and Lucani ( all local populations pre- Greek colonization of this area.
Written September 25, 2019
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teesmo99
Bethesda, MD41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This should absolutely be your first stop when touring Paestum as it will put everything into context and it contains fantastic tombs (especially the tomb of the diver) and really traces the development of the site from pre-civilization through its excavation. At the museum you will buy a combined ticket to the site and then walk across the street afterwards to enter the archaeological park.

There are toilets in the basement and a small, but well-stocked gift shop.

Explanatory signage in both Italian and English. Videos in Italian with English subtitles. Doing it thoroughly should take 90 minutes or so.
Written August 20, 2019
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LuckyPenny8
Jacksonville, FL278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I was amazed at the quality of the artifacts in this museum given how little of the buildings in Paestum are still standing. They have done an excellent job of preservation and display.
Written November 6, 2019
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Gianfranco D
Como, Lombardia, Italy97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Apart from the materials shown, there are very interesting reconstructions of maps referring to past periods of human histories, representing the entire world and Italy with the relative peoples living in the different regions. All well organised and explained
Written September 4, 2019
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122Andrea
Bath, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
This is a lovely museum. Very manageable and easy to navigate. The friezes and statues help you visualise the temples when complete, while the artifacts are so beautiful and sophisticated. The frescoes from the tomb of the diving boy, and those of the soldier are very moving.
Written July 27, 2019
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Cassie W
Windaroo, Australia878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
I had no idea what to expect here, but I was blown away.

Paestum is an archaeological park and I loved it. It used to be called Poseidonia, after Poseidon. There were a number of Greek colonies here in southern Italy that left the remains of their temples, shops, meeting houses and residences dating back to 300-500 BC.

There is a museum there that we visited first that contains many of the artefacts that have been discovered in the area. The museum contained heaps of artefacts from pottery to jewellery to armour to large slabs of painted walls.

The top level documented the history of humans in this area and I was very excited to be able to see Palaeolithic stone spear tips from 35,000-100,000 years ago. I have recently done an online course with ASU about human origins and had read about this stuff but had no idea I would get to see some in this museum. It had a far larger collection than I had expected from looking at the front of the building.

After the museum we headed out to look at the ruins and they were also far more expansive than expected. The temples were massive - the temples of Hera, Neptune and Athena. In a way it was hard to imagine what the area looked like but then in spots it was obvious what was there - houses, water pools, amphitheatres, wells etc. These ruins were far more accessible than the ones in Rome as you can climb all over them and really get up close to everything.

We spent way longer there than we thought we would.

I highly recommend this place if you have teenagers - it was more engaging for them than many of the other places we visited, both in the museum and in the ruins themselves.
Written January 29, 2019
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Through Distraction
Sunshine Coast, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
We hear about Pompeii all the time but we only accidentally came across Paestum. It is a site that simply blows you away with the power of the history of this place and the beauty of the ruins. It cost about 7 euro each to enter the site of the ancient town, the temples and the amphitheatre I think. We discovered the museum afterwards and paid seperately again but I believe you can get a combined ticket. You can see the temples and ruins from the main street outside the fence so there isn't any need to pay if you just want a brief look, but I would recommend paying and wandering to your hearts content inside the temples. They built the road over half of the amphitheatre which is hilarious but so Italian to do that. It's an experience that you can't top anywhere else to stand beside those enormous pillars and see the marks where the chisels were used to create them, and the seperate stones used to set the roof on the temples. Even just wandering in the ruins of the town where you can see the layout of the streets puts the temples in context. The museum was equally interesting but in a different way. It has components from the ruins that have been removed and preserved including ancient art, artifacts, jewellery and weapons. There are very good English translations for everything. This is not at all like Pompeii. There is nothing like this in Pompeii.
Written December 11, 2018
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LEBN16
New Milford, CT62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
My husband had dreamed of going here in Magna Graecia part of Italy since our grand Sicily trip where we hit all the major Greek Ruin sites. We were staying in Sorrento and took a private driver to the archeological site. Our driver suggested going early to avoid the traffic. Once out of the Salerno area, there were miles and miles of flat land agriculture farms. The most famous item in the area is buffalo mozzarella where there are billboards everywhere! When we got to Paestum there were a few coffee shops and tourist stores. It was so quiet and peaceful there. The lot was super flat with beautiful mountains off in the hazy skies. It was hot as hell at 9am and not a lot of shade. But the buildings were in amazing shape, grand and grounds well cared for at this site. Go early so no one will be in your photos! Besides the main three buildings there are tons of Roman sites within the Ancient Greek settlement that are so interesting. We got through the site in a little over an hour because of the heat, but you could easily stay longer. Was such an historical treat! And our driver was right - the traffic back to Sorrento took about an extra hour. Well worth it in any case!!
Written August 30, 2018
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