One of the top archaeological museums in Italy, the Naples National Archaeological Museum is a must-see. King Charles II set up this museum in the late 18th century. The museum boasts the best Roman and Greek collections of antiquities in the World such as silver, glass, gems, sculpture, mosaics, as well as, an exotic ensemble of Roman erotica collected from Pompeii. Several of its artifacts came from the excavations done at Herculaneum, Pompeii, and other archaeological sites in the neighborhood.
The museum has a special exhibit of wall paintings, which belonged to Pompeii’s Temple of Iris originally. The Secret Cabinet is another must-see room in this museum. It was created in the 1800s for housing the sexual items. The room was closed for several years but opened for the public in 2000 once again. The visitor should be a minimum of 11-year-old to enter this room.
Majority of the frescoes in this museum comes from Pompeii walls. They span a time period of nearly two centuries and are exquisite illustrations of Roman artwork and painting. These frescoes cover different types of themes like scenes from daily life, landscapes, and mythologies.
How to get there:
While there are many ways to reach to the Naples National Archaeological Museum, the best way to reach here is to take a train from the station from Napoli Centrale, which will cost between 1-2 euros and take around 18 minutes. You can also take a bus from Napoli Centrale, which will take you approximately 16 minutes and cost between 1 – 4 euros.
Free admission for visitor below 18-year-old
Full price: € 15
Special entry: € 2
Mon–Sun: 9.00am – 7.30pm
Closing days: every Tuesday, December 25, and Jan 1.