Naples is a real treat for museum lovers. There are dozens to choose from, including the National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Capodimonte and the PAN-Palazzo delle Arti in Naples.
Below, a list of the main museums of Naples; that is those majestic buildings that host incredible collections, a must-see for anyone visiting the city.
Naples National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum of Naples is one of the main archaeological museum in Naples, the first museum in Italy because of the vastness of the collection of artifacts and works of art of archaeological interest and is considered one of the most important museums in the world with regard to ‘ Roman times.
Located in the area of Piazza Cavour, the building where it is located was built in the early 1600s and was initially intended to house an office of the University of Naples, but the ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia brought to light an amount of finds from the Greek and Roman to require a prestigious place to expose them, so, in 1777, Ferdinand IV of Bourbon trasformed the Palace in Bourbon Museum and Real Library.
The museum’s permanent collection includes several testimonies of greek-Roman Naples, as mosaic floors, numerous bronzes and marbles, musical instruments, measuring instruments and other furnishings of the period of high craftsmanship.
Among the antiquities displayed in the museum there are also those belonging to the Farnese collection, which includes, among other things, the Farnese Cup, one of the largest cameos that are known, dating from the second century. B.C.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 9:00 a.m. / 07:30 p.m.
12 € (full) – 6 € (reduced)
Archeological museum of Campi Flegrei
The Archaeological Museum of Campi Flegrei is located in the Aragonese Castle of Baia, an Aragonese fortress built in the late 15th century, which was chosen as the venue for the exhibition of archaeological finds from the excavations of the Phlegrean area thanks to its location halfway between the various excavations affecting the archaeological site in question.
The museum’s collection includes the key findings of the archaeological sites of Cuma, Pozzuoli and the whole Phlegrean area, as well as a large collection of valuable casts of Greek works whose originals were almost all lost.
Among the most interesting works may include the reconstruction of the Shrine of the Augustals and the Nymphaeum of Punta Epitaffio.
Tuesday, wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 9:00 a.m. / 02:30 p.m. (last entry at 01:00 p.m.)
4 € (full) – 2 € (reducted)
Combined ticket Castle of Baia, Terme di Baia, Flavian Amphitheatre in Pozzuoli and Cuma Archaeological Park
The Capodimonte museum is one of the most important museums of Naples.
It is located in the homonymous palace, located inside the park of Capodimonte, founded as the seat of the Farnese collection, and later becom the historical residence of the Bourbons of Naples.
The impressive art collection was initially made up of the works of the Farnese collection, a rich group of paintings belonging to the Roman and Emilia Renaissance and that includes artists such as Botticelli, the Carracci brothers, El Greco, Parmigianino, Raphael, Titian and Vasari, only to name a few.
Over the years the collection has been expanded with the authors of Neapolitan Baroque (Spagnoletto, Battistello Caracciolo) and Flemish art (Van Dyck, Rubens, Bruegel), as well as with what is perhaps the most important work among those exposed to the museum: flagellation of Christ by Caravaggio.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 8:30 a.m. / 07:30 p.m.
8 € (full) – 4 € (reduced)
Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano
The splendid Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano is located in Via Toledo, one of the main streets of Naples.
Built in the 17th century by Giovanni Zevallos, from which it takes its name, the building has changed several properties over the centuries, to become one of the galleries of the Italian Intesa Sanpaolo Group.
The palace itself is a wonderful example of fusion between the Baroque architecture of the initial project, with the posthumous changes made in perfect Art Nouveau style, and houses a large collection of authors of Neapolitan painting of ‘700, the school of Posillipo and the nineteenth-century Neapolitan school, boasting names of authors such as van Wittel, Gemito, van Pitloo, Palizzi, and Morelli.
The pride of the gallery is the Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, the last painting by Caravaggio, the famous master of the Baroque, made their own in Naples a few weeks before his death.
from Tuesday to Friday – 10:00 a.m. / 06:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – 10:00 a.m. / 08:00 p.m.
5 € (full) – 3 € (reduced)
Madre – museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina
In the historic center, a stone’s throw from the Cathedral of Naples, is the nineteenth-century Donnaregina palace, seat of the Madre Museum.
The Madre museum, is an exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art that spans the three floors of the building that houses it, offering a permanent exhibition of contemporary works, site-specific installations, and with a section devoted to contemporary exhibitions that are part of the rich and varied program of the direction of museum.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 10:00 a.m. / 07:30 p.m.
Sunday – 10:00 a.m. / 08:00 p.m.
7 € (full) – 3,50 € (reduced)
Pan – Palazzo delle arti di Napoli
The Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli is a museum dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions all its forms.
The location of the museum is the historic Palazzo Carafa di Roccella, in Via De Mille, renovated in the ’90s to be used as a center for the documentation of visual arts and turned, then, in a wonderful exhibition space.
Pan has a full program which includes various temporary exhibitions and works touch on all forms of visual arts ranging from painting, sculpture, photography, video art, installation art and design.
From Monday to Saturday – 9:30 a.m. / 07:30 p.m.
Sunday – 9:30 a.m. / 02:30 p.m.
Price: according to the exhibition/event