Naples has a num­ber of excel­lent muse­ums, includ­ing the famous Nation­al Archae­o­log­i­cal Muse­um, one of the best muse­ums in Italy. This com­pi­la­tion presents a list of the best muse­ums in Naples that you should def­i­nite­ly vis­it dur­ing your trip. Going to a muse­um is always a unique expe­ri­ence, allow­ing you to plunge into the world of amaz­ing art and his­to­ry. What­ev­er the theme of the muse­um, you won’t be dis­ap­point­ed with Life­Globe’s selec­tion of the most inter­est­ing places in Naples.

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National Archaeological Museum of Naples

It hous­es one of the finest col­lec­tions of Greek and Roman antiq­ui­ties in the world. Many of the exhibits in the Nation­al Archae­o­log­i­cal Muse­um of Naples have been found dur­ing ongo­ing exca­va­tions in Pom­peii and Her­cu­la­neum. These cities are per­fect­ly pre­served, as they were buried under lay­ers of hard­ened lava and ash dur­ing the erup­tion of Mount Vesu­vius in 79. Most inter­est­ing are the impres­sive col­lec­tions of mosaics and fres­coes, as well as the exhi­bi­tion of Pom­peian erot­ic art in the Secret Room. There is also an inter­est­ing back­sto­ry sec­tion and a huge coin exhi­bi­tion. One of the most impor­tant Archae­o­log­i­cal Muse­ums in the world is worth a vis­it for any­one inter­est­ed in art and his­to­ry. The col­lec­tion of the King of Naples Car­lo di Bor­bone deserves spe­cial atten­tion.

National Museum and Convent of San Martino

The Nation­al Muse­um of San Mar­ti­no is housed in the Cer­tosa di San Mar­ti­no, a large monas­tic com­plex from 1368. In addi­tion to the muse­um’s many inter­est­ing exhi­bi­tions, you can vis­it the gar­dens and the monastery with its fres­coes and mosaics. High­lights of the muse­um include a col­lec­tion of famous Neapoli­tan pre­sepe — minia­ture wood­en and ceram­ic fig­urines. Also note­wor­thy are the many paint­ings and sculp­tures from the 13th to the 19th cen­tu­ry and the beau­ti­ful views of Naples from the gar­dens. The cen­tral loca­tion next to the impos­ing San­t’El­mo Cas­tle has made the muse­um very pop­u­lar. The muse­um offers its guests a fas­ci­nat­ing insight into the art and his­to­ry of Naples.

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Capodimonte Museum and National Galleries

Capodi­monte was built as a hunt­ing lodge for King Charles III. The Muse­um and Nation­al Gal­leries of Capodi­monte hous­es one of the rich­est col­lec­tions in Italy, with a large pic­ture gallery of medieval and con­tem­po­rary works of art. Be sure to vis­it the roy­al apart­ments, dec­o­rat­ed with fur­ni­ture, tapes­tries and porce­lain from the Savoy and Bour­bon dynas­ties. It will also be inter­est­ing for you to take a walk in the park sur­round­ing the muse­um. Built in the 18th cen­tu­ry, the vast build­ing was for­mer­ly a roy­al estate, and Medra­no worked on its project. How­ev­er, the real attrac­tion here is the col­lec­tion of mas­ter­pieces of art, reflect­ing the his­to­ry of Ital­ian paint­ing in a con­sis­tent chronol­o­gy.

Monastery of St. Clara Church and Museum

The monastery of the Church of St. Clara is famous for its columns and tiled roof. Here you can see fres­coes from the 17th cen­tu­ry, along with archae­o­log­i­cal finds from the 1st to 4th cen­turies, found dur­ing exca­va­tions of Roman baths. The monastery muse­um also fea­tures a num­ber of reli­gious exhibits.

Museum of the Chapel of San Severo

The Muse­um of the Chapel of San Severo hous­es out­stand­ing sculp­tures and paint­ings from the 18th cen­tu­ry, includ­ing the famous Christ of San­marti­no. The muse­um’s under­ground hall dis­plays fas­ci­nat­ing anatom­i­cal mod­els, while the chapel itself is rich­ly dec­o­rat­ed in the Baroque style.

Museum of the Church of St. Lawrence the Great

The exca­va­tions under the Church of St. Lawrence the Great are one of the best places to explore under­ground Naples. Part of the orig­i­nal Roman city under the his­toric cen­ter of Naples has been exca­vat­ed, includ­ing the alleged area of ​​the Roman Forum. At the Muse­um of the Church of St. Lawrence the Great, you can see works from the Greek and Roman peri­ods up to the 19th cen­tu­ry. Don’t miss the chance to vis­it the Capi­to­lare and the rooms of the Six­tus V with beau­ti­ful­ly fres­coed ceil­ings.

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Duomo di Napoli Museum

The Duo­mo di Napoli Muse­um is anoth­er inter­est­ing place to explore the under­ground archae­o­log­i­cal sites of Naples. Here you will also vis­it the 4th cen­tu­ry Basil­i­ca — Church of St. Resti­tu­tion, which is the old­est church in Naples. Its ceil­ing and columns are dec­o­rat­ed with beau­ti­ful fres­coes from the Tem­ple of Apol­lo. The muse­um also dis­plays trea­sures from the Crypt of San Gen­naro.

Museum of the Palazzo Reale

The impos­ing roy­al com­plex was designed in the 17th cen­tu­ry and fea­tures stat­ues of eight Neapoli­tan kings on its majes­tic façade. It took more than 200 years to com­plete this struc­ture in 1843. Now every­one has the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it the Palaz­zo Reale Muse­um and explore all of its archi­tec­tur­al mar­vels.

Duca di Martina Museum

This small muse­um has one of the most exten­sive inter­na­tion­al col­lec­tions in the area, with a large num­ber of arts and crafts from Japan and Chi­na. Sculp­tures, paint­ings, tapes­tries, arte­facts, and more are on dis­play at the Duca di Mar­ti­na Muse­um.

astronomical observatory

This obser­va­to­ry offers one of the best views of the city from the top of Mira­dos Hill. The Astro­nom­i­cal Obser­va­to­ry was found­ed in 1819 and became the first sci­en­tif­ic obser­va­to­ry of its kind in Europe.

Gaetano Filangeri Museum

The Civic Muse­um of Gae­tano Filang­ieri is housed in a his­toric palaz­zo and hous­es the art col­lec­tion of Prince Filang­ieri. The muse­um is housed in a for­mer palace which is a clas­sic exam­ple of the Flo­ren­tine Renais­sance style. The Gae­tano Filang­ieri col­lec­tion was donat­ed to the city in 1888.

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