Naples National Archaeological Museum, Piazza Museo, Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

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One of the oldest and richest museums in the world.

It is the largest collection of sculptures come to us intact.

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The archaeological museum of Naples is one of the most important and oldest archaeological museums in the world, and all agree that it represents a real treasure for the classical archaeology. The artifacts collected here give the museum great richness and uniqueness.

It was founded in the 18th century by Charles III of Bourbon and first called Royal Bourbon Museum. Only after the unification of the kingdom it got its name “National Archaeological Museum”.

The exploration of the towns that were buried by the Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption in A.D. 79 was promoted by King Charles in order to collect the artifacts. Today those finds are the pride of the museum. This collection included frescoes and mosaics as well as bronze, silver and glass pieces dating back to the 1st century A.D. Particularly interesting is the section called “ Secret Cabinet ” where erotic arts of Pompei and Herculaneum are kept.

Especially worthy of mentioning is the Farnese collection. It is the largest collection of sculptures known today. During the Renaissance Alexander Farnese, who became Pope Paul III, started to collect artifacts brought to light during the excavations conducted at that time in Rome. During the 19th century the collection was moved to Naples by King Charles who inherited it from his mother Elisabeth Farnese. It is composed by more than 500 elements, such as the famous statue of Hercules, the busts of the Roman emperors, the two Tyrannicides, the majestic group called “the Farnesian bull”, the statues of Gods, sarcophaguses with mythological subjects, epigraphs, portraits of prominent men and many others artifacts. It’ s also worth seeing the magnificent Farnesian gems collection.

Equally important are other sections such as:

  • The Epigraphic section where inscriptions in Oscan, Greek, Latin and Etruscan languages from many Roman and Magna Graecia sites are on display.
  • The Egyptian collection, composed by more than 2500 artifacts. It is one of the oldest Egyptian collections in the world and second for its importance only to the Turin museum. The principal part of this collection belonged to Cardinal Borgia, who gathered many Egyptian evidences.
  • The Paleolithic and Bronze age collection, consisting of the objects from different civilizations which had existed within the Bay of Naples area.


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Tour’s Details

This tour is discounted of 25%
Tour type: Walking
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Italy, Naples and Caserta
Meet Location: Ticket office of the Archaeological Museum of Naples
End Location: Exit of the Archaeological Museum of Naples
Transportation method: Transportation can be arranged on demand
Activity Level:
Maximum number of People: 15
Kid friendly: Yes. Kids are welcome under patrons supervision
Friendly: Yes
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Tour’s Program

- Meet the guide at the ticket office of the Museum.
- Visit of the Archeological Museum of Naples: Farnese’s collection with Hercules’ statues, the two Tyrannicides, the majestic group called Toro Farnese, the statues of Gods and the busts of the Emperors, and Romans’ collection with artifacts come from the city destroyed during the Mt. Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D.
- Guide service for the entire duration of the tour
- Skip-the-line admission fees
- Transportation
- Meals
- Wheelchair users are welcome, all architectural barriers are equipped with special devices
- The Museum is closed on Tuesdays, on the 25th December and the 1st January.

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