Visitor and background information for the National Archaeological Museum, Naples.
The museum is open six days a week (closed on Tuesday) from 09.00 until 19.30, last entry at 19.00.
Your Pompeii pass allows full entrance to the National Archaeological Museum, Naples and counts as a single entrance, just one of the 12 places covered by your pass.
Without doubt the most important archaeological museum in Italy, this museum can make a strong claim to be one of the most important in the world in terms of Greek and Roman relics and prestigious collections of the same.
The museum originally had as its nucleus the Farnese Collection, placed here by Charles of Bourbon having inherited the collection, largely composed of gems and sculpture - the Farnese Mables - from his mother. However, a new home needed to be found as the museum's inventory was swollen by treasures from the excavations of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia. These treasures can safely be called a cornerstone of Italy's cultural past, with frecoes, sculptures, ornamental pieces, mosaics, bronzes, everyday pieces, coins and a great many buttocks. Celebrated buttocks.
There is also the so called 'Secret Cabinet' of art that highlights the importance of eroticism to the Romans. Once visitable by appointment only (and you will have required references attesting to your good character), the works of art on show in this area are still deemed to be suitable for adults only.