You can think of the Pompeii ruins as a giant museum. However, there is one conventional museum within the city walls, in addition to museums in nearby Naples that contain artifacts from ancient Pompeii.
  • The Antiquarium: This museum, just up the street from the Porta Marina entrance to Pompeii, collects together a variety of household objects that accurately represent life in 79 A.D. Here also is where you can see the plaster casts of men and women, children and animals created from the body cavities they left in the ash.
  • Naples Museum of Archaeology: Naples is just a twenty-minute drive up the coast from Pompeii, and the archaeology museum is definitely worth visiting in conjunction with a visit to the ancient ruins. The museum has collected the most important items from Pompeii and Herculaneum, both buried under the same Vesuvius eruption. There is also an impressive three-dimensional model of the entire city of Pompeii.
  • The Secret Museum: A subset of the Museum of Archaeology, the Secret Museum (or Secret Room) is a collection of all the erotic frescoes and artifacts found in Pompeii and the surrounding areas. Upon discovering them in the 18th century, commissioned archaeologists were ordered to hide these scandalous finds from the public. Shifting standards of decency mean that what was acceptable to display in Roman times is now only questionably appropriate.