National Archeological Museum, Naples

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National Archeological Museum, Naples
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The National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) stands as one of Italy’s most prestigious and frequented museums, celebrated for its extensive and unique collection that ranks among the world’s most significant. This institution is not only a cornerstone of cultural heritage but also a vital contributor to European culture, offering a comprehensive dive into the ancient world through its monumental architecture and the treasures it holds.

History of the National Archeological Museum

Originally serving as a cavalry barracks, the building that now hosts the National Archaeological Museum was later transformed into the Palazzo dei Regi Studi, serving as the University’s hub during the Bourbon monarchy. At the close of the 18th century, under the reign of Charles III of Bourbon, the museum emerged as a pioneering archaeological institution in Europe. His progressive cultural initiatives included the inaugural excavations of the Vesuvian cities, devastated by the 79 A.D. eruption. The museum now safeguards many of the unearthed treasures from these sites and features key pieces from the rich collection inherited from his mother, Elisabetta Farnese, including the renowned Farnese Collection.

Visiting the National Archeological Museum

Exploring MANN is like journeying through the core of Italian and Western cultural history. Visitors can immerse themselves in the Farnese Collection’s gallery, showcasing masterpieces from ancient times. The museum’s extensive collection includes breathtaking frescoes and mosaics from Herculaneum and Pompeii, along with statues, precious artifacts, and items from daily life in antiquity. The Egyptian Section and numerous temporary exhibitions enrich the museum’s offerings annually. Additionally, the Secret Cabinet offers a unique glimpse into ancient erotic customs through its collection of historically “obscene” artifacts. Each visit to MANN is an opportunity to experience firsthand the depth and diversity of historical insights housed within its walls.

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Visiting National Archeological Museum, Naples


Wednesday to Monday: 9 am to 7:30 pm.

Tuesdays: closed.


Adults: € 18 (£ 15.40) Artecard: € 9 (£ 7.70) Under 18s from the EU: Free 18 – 24 year olds from the EU: € 2 (£ 1.70) First Sunday of the month: free

Address: National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Piazza Museo, Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes
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