The National Archaeological Museum of Naples, one of the first made in Europe
in the seventeenth century monumental building in the late eighteenth and early
nineteenth century, boasts the richest and most valuable collection of works of
art and artefacts of archaeological interest in Italy. In it are exposed over
three thousand items in various exemplary thematic sections and stored hundreds
of thousands of artefacts dating from prehistory to late antiquity, both from
various ancient sites of the South, is the acquisition of important antiquarian
collections, starting from the Farnese collection belonged to the Bourbon dynasty,
founders of the Museum.
The collections are displayed on the ground floor, the basement, mezzanine and
On the ground floor, you will find the Greekroman marble sculptures; most of them Classic and Hellenistic Age copies, that are often the only ones
of now lost originals. They come from several sites: first of all from the Farnese
collection and then from several excavations. Toro Farnese is of remarkable importance. In the basement, there are the epigraphic section and the Egyptian section.
On the main floor, we start from Salone della Meridiana that originally was to host the Bourbon library named after the sundial drawn
on the floor: Here the great Atlante Farnese is kept. From Salone della Meridiana you can go to the Frescoes collection leading
to the rooms dedicated to Villa dei Papiri, the sumptuous Pisoni house in Herculaneum
from which sculptures, bronzes and the famous papyruses with Greek texts come
and are now kept at the National Library.
National Archaeological Museum
19, Piazza Museo | Naples
T. +39 081 4422 149 |marcheo.napolibeniculturali.it
Time: Wednesday - Monday |from 9 am to 7.30 pm