What is the secret for really understand Naples and her long history? The answer is simple! Visit one, two, three or even four of the unique museums that are spread all over the city.
Naples is the perfect city for the museums lovers! You can choose between more than ten of them as the Capodimonte museum, the National Archeological Museum and the Art Palace. Check the list that I made for you and choose the one that suits you the best!
Naples National Archeological Museum
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday (Closed on Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Price: 12 € (standard) – 6 € (reduced)
The most important museum of Naples it’s the first museum in Italy for the extension of the collections, it’s consider one the most important in the world for Roman art.
Situated in Cavour Square, the building was built as a cavalry barracks in 1585. From 1616 to 1777 it was the seat of the University of Naples. During the 19th century, after it became museum, it suffered many changes to the main structure.
The museum hosts extensive collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. Their core is from the Farnese Collection, which includes a collection of engraved gems, including the Farnese Cup, a Ptolemaic bowl made of sardonyx agate and the most famous piece in the "Treasure of the Magnificent, and the Farnese Marbles.
Phlegraean Fields Archeological Museum
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 2:30pm (last admission at 1pm)
Price: 4€ standard – 2€ reduced (Cumulative ticket for Bay Castle, Bay Spa, Flavio of Pozzuoli Amphitheater and Cuma Archaeological Park)
The Archaeological Museum of Phlegraean Fields is housed in a fortress Aragonese, properly restored and adapted to the new exhibition destination, located on the top of the high promontory that closes to south the Gulf of Baia. The museum displays unique archaeological finds and extraordinary value from the Phlegraean Fields.
Among them the imposing “Sacello degli Augustali” of Miseno and the series of sculptures of the “Ninfeo di Punta Epitaffio” which was found during underwater archaeological excavations. The collection of hundreds of fragments of casts for sculptures and decorative works, referred to as the “Gessi di Baia” (Chalks of Baia) and all based on classical Greeks forms, and in use between the first and second centuries A.D., can also be seen.
Contemporary art museum
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 10am to 7:30pm
Orari di apertura: Sunday - 10am to 8pm
Price: 7 € (standard) – 3,50 € (reduced)
In the historical heart of Naples, the three floors of the 19th-century Palazzo Donnaregina host the Madre - Contemporary Art museum: 7,200 m2 of exhibition space, with site-specific installations, as well as works from the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.
Madre Museum is the witness of a story that made Campania region a crossroads of contemporary arts, oriented to studying and documenting the past through contemporary sensitivity and languages and so able of acting in the present and outlining the future.
Opening hours: 9:30am to 7:30pm every day
Opening hours: 9:30am to 2:30 pm
Closed on Tuesdays
PAN | Palace of Arts of Napoles museum's six thousand square meter site at the eighteenth-century Palazzo Roccella (Via dei Mille 60) host exhibitions and offer research opportunities, services and tools for learning about the artworks and leading figures of contemporary art ranging from painting to sculpture, architecture, photography, design, cinema, video art and cartoons.
The museum's program is characterized by a multitude of initiatives and a diverse range of opportunities to access art — through retrospectives, exhibitions, and cultural entertainment — including book presentations and conferences on topics of contemporary interest, backed up by a variety of activities and offerings.
Opening hours: every day except on Wednesday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
Price: 12€ (standard) – 4€ (reduced)
Zevallos Stigliano Palace
Opening hours: From Tuesday to Friday - 10am to 6pm
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday - from 10am to 8pm
Price: 5 € (standard) – 3 € (reduced)