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Archaeology Museum Naples

National Museum of Archaeology in Naples

The Archaeology Museum of Naples is the home of artistic treasures given by the Pompeii and Herculaneum excavations, including incredible mosaics and frescoes, and the giant Farnese collection coming from the ancient Rome. The National Museum of Archaeology in Naples is definitely among the greatest museums on Roman art.

In addition to the Pompeii and Herculaneum pieces and the Farnese collection, there is a truly interesting and unique area displaying typical Roman erotic art and another one is dedicated to the Egyptian collection, one of the largest in Italy.

Archaeology Museum Naples

As said, one great part of the Museum is dedicated to the Farnese family, an influent noble house during the Renaissance. Their art arrived in Naples with Charles III Bourbon, who became King in Naples in 1734. Not just him, but his entire family brought to Naples precious family’s treasures along with artworks from the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Some of the most impressive pieces were discovered in Rome during Bath of Caracalla excavations.

The Aphrodite Callipygos is probably one of the most appreciated pieces of art kept in the Museum. It is a statue in marble that is thought to have been built in 300 BC. People from all over the world come in Naples just to see this stunning representation.

As we said a great part of the pieces kept in the Museum come from Pompeii or Herculaneum, in particular, many of them were found in the House of the Dancing Faun in Pompeii.

Finally, the famous Secret Room has a collection of erotic art from antiquity. Before it was not open to the public, now the area is accessible but still, children are not allowed to stay if not accompanied by adults.

national museum of archaeology naples

The Archaeology Museum Naples is a house of incredible art: definitely worth a visit even if you are staying in Naples for a short amount of time!

archaeology museum naples