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Naples National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale)
Naples National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale)

Naples National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale)

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Piazza Museo Nazionale 19, Naples, 80135

The Basics

Opened in the late 18th century to house Charles III of Bourbon’s private collection, the National Archaeological Museum holds one of the one of the world’s finest collections of Greek and Roman artifacts in the world, with highlights including the Farnese Bull and Hercules sculptures, mosaics from the House of the Faun, frescoes from Villa di Agrippa Postumus and Casa di Meleagro, and bronzes from Villa dei Papiri—all recovered in Pompeii.

The National Archaeological Museum is one of the most popular attractions in Naples. To avoid a long wait to enter, book a museum tour with skip-the-line tickets. Many Naples walking or hop-on-hop-off tours include a stop at the museum, as do full-day shore excursions. For a deep dive into this important collection, consider a private tour with an archaeologist guide.

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Skip the Line: National Archaeological Museum of Naples Entry Ticket
Skip the Line: National Archaeological Museum of Naples Entry Ticket
$25.30 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great museum, not toured
The Museum is fantastic but this tour does not need to be booked. It is easier to go but yourself. Not a guided visit, not queues
fernandoantoniod2019, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Naples

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Very Impressive Archeological Museum Tour
Roy_B, Oct 2021
National Archaeological Museum of Naples
We think this tour with Ilaria Fiore is a must do before heading to Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, and/or Herculaneum. You make your way thru the Archeological Museum in a methodical, yet very engaging way, that prepares you for some of the most impactful events of history. Also, Ilaria does a very good job describing the “lasagna” layers of centuries that culminate in the Naples of today.
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Archeologisches Museum
Corinna_S, May 2021
Skip the Line: National Archaeological Museum of Naples Entry Ticket
Viator service was great! Best in the museumnwere the section Pompei amd Herculeanum. We loved the exellent Mosaik and the Paintings... sooo many! The Sektion with erotic Objekts was closed, just a few and there were no burried bodys from Pompei and Herculeanum... which Newspaper and books represented. Anyway... it was great to see! Thanks for all Viator team!
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Worth getting guide
AdamR_G, Jan 2020
National Archaeological Museum of Naples
Very useful way to see highlights of the museum if limited time .Guide Luisa was very helpful and informative and adapted to what we wanted to see as well
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Naples Nat'l Archeological Museum
Nancy A, Nov 2019
Skip the Line: Entrance Ticket to National Archaeological Museum of Naples
This is a fabulous museum. It contains many of the finds that were excavated from Pompeii & Herculaneum. It also has a wonderful Egyptian collection. Well worth spending your time viewing when in Naples.
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Naples Museum after Pompeii
annelureetal, Oct 2019
Skip the Line: Entrance Ticket to National Archaeological Museum of Naples
We came into Naples to visit the museum a few days after visiting Pompeii.When we got off the bus and saw the line we congratulated ourselves for buying the ticket to skip the line. We walked inside to the bag check where someone took our voucher. I was not given any ticket in exchange. They took both my voucher and my visitor info. This meant we could not leave and come back in. The museum has several wonderful sections of objects from Pompeii. When we were there the everyday exhibit opens at2:00 pm

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A visit to the museum is a must for archaeology buffs, and especially interesting for those with plans to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum, where many of the museum’s artifacts were recovered.

  • The National Archaeological Museum is completely wheelchair accessible.

  • Large bags, backpacks, and umbrellas must be left at baggage check at the entrance.

  • The museum houses a small bookshop and cafe.

  • Photography without flash is allowed in the museum.

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How to Get There

The National Archaeological Museum is located in the center of Naples, easily accessible by metro lines 1 and 2 from across the city.

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When to Get There

This popular museum can be crowded on the weekends, so is best visited on a weekday. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

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Racy History The Gabinetto Segreto

The museum’s Gabinetto Segreto (or Secret Chamber) contains a small collection of ancient erotica recovered from Pompeii and elsewhere, and has a long history of limited access and censorship; even today, visitors under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. The collection includes erotic statues, paintings, and mosaics.

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