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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To continue, read also about the Vatican Museums and their amazing collection.