National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale) (Naples)

National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale) (Naples)

The National Archaeological Museum is housed in a spacious Neo- Classical building that was constructed in 1586 by architect Fontana. Initially it was reserved for the Royal Stables, however shortly thereafter he re- constructed it for the needs of the University.


Piazza Museo Nazionale 19

Tel. 081- 564 89 41

Subway: Piazza Cavour

Open: Wed- Mon

Closed: Jan 1, Dec 25


 In the beginning of 19th century government of Naples converted this beautiful building into a museum. Originally it housed a collection of art donated by the powerful Farnese family from Parma. Archaeological digs in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and other ancient Roman cities destroyed by Vesuvius in 79AD further increased the collection. Most notable artefacts and finds were brought here. This includes large portions of mosaics. The most famous is probably that depicting a battle between Greek- Macedonian king Alexander the Great with Persian army under leadership of Darius III. In 1860 the National Archaeological Museum was opened to the public. Building of the Naples museum was badly damaged in 1980 by an earthquake and restoration work still continue. Nevertheless it is open to the public. It might be a good start before you travel to Pompeii, Herculaneum or other ancient ruins in the vicinity of Naples. Recently Archaeological Museum added a collection of "Erotic art of Pompeii".

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