The National Archaeological Museum


If you enjoy history, archaeology and ancient relics you will definitely want to visit the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. The museum is one of the most important and leading archaeological museums in the world. It contains an unprecedented collection of Roman-Greco antiquities from Pompeii, Stabiae, Herculaneum and other archaeological sites located in and around the region of Campania. It is also the oldest archaeological museum in Europe.

The building which houses the museum was built during the later half of the 16th century, initially called the ‘Palace of the Royal Studies’. Among the most important in the museum is the Farnese collection of Charles of Bourbon, including Roman sculptures and portraits, added to the museum at the beginning of the 19th century and the archaeological findings from Herculaneum, Pompeii and Stabiae, towns buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

The museum contains over 100 various exhibitions located throughout the basement, mezzanine, ground and first floors of the museum, some dating as far back as 200 BC. Also in the collection are many sculptures attained from Pompeii, Herculaneum and other archaeological sites in Campania. The frescoes located throughout the museum, collected from various sites around Campania and southern Italy give us a wonderful insight into the everyday life in these cities during Ancient times. These paintings range from human sacrifices to burial rites to the beginning of spring. What perhaps amazes the most is that these frescoes, sculptures and other antiquities have survived so well the eruption of Vesuvius as well as over 2000 years of existence.

Opening times: Tuesdays closed, Wednesday-Monday   9am – 7.30pm

Admission: €6,50, 18-25 years €3,25, under 18 and over 65 free

How to get to the museum:

The museum is located in the historical centre of Naples, at the top of ‘Via Toledo’ and is easily reachable by foot from Hostel of the Sun, by taking the Metro Line 1 to ‘Museo’ station, or the buses R4, C57 or C63.

Piazza Museo, 19