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“Hidden treasures from Pompeii, Ercolano”

National Archaeological Museum of Naples
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum has all of the interesting finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum, both doomed cities after the violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.
Reviewed 24 August 2014

If you are travelling to Pompeii and Ercolano, you shouldn't miss this: the museum houses most of the relics rescued from these ruins such as the Faun statue from the House of the Faun (Pompeii) or the huge fresco from Alexandre the Great. For history enthusiasts.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Check with the info desk as many areas are closed during the day (not enough security). We ended up going back later at night after 8pm (it closes at 10pm) and it was well worth it. Many mosaics and treasures from Pompeii are stored here.

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

I thought this museum was one of the best I visited in Italy. The appearance and building is a little on the shabby and understaffed side. Don't let that scare you away. The sculpture and Roman art was Amazing. If you want to see artifacts and art from Pompeii and the Baths of Caracalla, you'll be pleased. The mosaics from Pompeii were astounding. Don't miss it if you have any interest in going to museums. You'll appreciate this one.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

The museum houses really stunning artefacts from pompeii and herculaneum - in Pompeii itself isn't much left, only a few replicas because everything was moved here. It is definitely must see for everyone visiting Naples. But be sure to check the opening hour before you come. The opening hours of the exhibitions aren't always the same as opening hours of the whole museum.

3  Thank NatyP9
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

The mosaics, statues from Pompeii, Herculaneum etc are absolutely stunning - you really must see them.

But, the surroundings are an odd mixture of the unkempt, untidy and old-fashioned.

Firstly, it seems impossible to know in advance which parts of the museum are open. We wanted to see the classical stuff and were lucky that those galleries were open. But the Egyptian ones were closed - for no obvious reason.

Second, if this museum was in say London, there would be refreshment places all round, stalls etc and high quality cafe inside- but here there was nothing - just the museum in its own square surrounded by busy roads. Now in some ways I don't mind avoiding "tourist tat stalls", but one has got kinda used to their presence elsewhere.

Inside, there's very little attempt at 'interpretation'. There are some terse notes about each item in Italian, often with English translation - but no modern displays to contextualize the objects. Again, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but you have to get back into the old style of museum visiting when you genned up on the place beforehand and read the detailed (good value at 12 E from museum bookshop) guidebook.

A most amazing thing to me was how close you could get to these priceless objects from antiquity. You really could stand within an inch of the statues and really appreciate the artist's work. I'm amazed - and very pleased - that there do not seem to have been any problems with visitors touching and eroding objects.

The secret room is a bit naughty - but if you are offended by stonework pudenda, do stay away - there's plenty on display throughout the museum!

The sundial room is staggering in its dimensions, and a very helpful guide explained the use of the sun's light at noon on the 'dial' on the floor.

For everything that's on display, 8E to enter is a steal. Free lockers for your bags - but do take cameras out first. You can photo most things (but turn off the flash). Decent bookshop near the entrance.

For a museum with such exhibits, and in the middle of August, it wasn't crowded at all.

Do think about refreshment. You're a long time in the museum to make the most of it, and we couldn't find any decent food within 10 mins of leaving, on a v hot Neopolitan day. There is a v basic water bottle vending machine.

So, all in all, an absolute must - but prepare for your visit beforehand, and don't expect panels full of 'interpretation'. It's a steady 30 min walk from the port if you're coming from Sorrento.

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