Naples Museums: Travel Tips

Known worldwide as capital of art Naples is a city with a great cultural and artistic value. The Several different museums scattered all over the territory are the example of its cultural and artistic heritage. They represent centuries of Neapolitan history that made this city one of the favorite destinations for many tourists.

National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) is the oldest museum in Europe. It was built between the end of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by the Bourbon. Here there are showcased some of the most valuable examples of archaeological finds from the prehistory to the Roman Empire. There are also many important collections, such as the Egyptian collection, the Farnese and Borgia’s family collection.

Museum of Capodimonte (and Arboretum)

The Museum is located inside the Royal Palace of Capodimonte. It has numerous paintings divided in the Galleria Farnese, the Neapolitan Gallery, the Borgia Collection, and the Collection of Contemporary Art. Once outside you can enjoy the Arboretum used by Charles III of Spain for hunting. Over the years it has been enhanced with a beautiful English garden full of rare plants and exotic fruit.

St. Gennaro’s Treasure Museum

Located in the Cathedral of Naples, San Gennaro Treasure Museum is considered one of the world richest due to its inestimable jewelspaintings and documents donated by illustrious men, popes and sovereigns. You can see the jewels-crusted Gold Chalice, the Handle and the Necklace of San Gennaro, the Golden Gilded Miter. While the Sacristy is decorated with the beautiful frescoes by famous artists Domenichino and Massimo Stanzione.

Pietrarsa Museum

The Railway Museum of Pietrarsa was inaugurated in 1989 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the National Railways. It is considered the largest railway museum in Europe and includes both originals and small scale reproductions. Steam locomotives, self-propelled cars, passenger carriages, reproduction from Bayard, the Savoy train car salon and several railway objects are some of the things you can see in this museum.

Museum of San Martino

After the Unification of Italy the Charterhouse of San Martino became National Monument after the Unification of Italy. But it’s only thanks to the archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli that the Charterhouse became the National Museum of San Martino. Here are preserved important artifacts and historic finds from the Kingdom of Naples and of the two Sicilies. The Cloisters, the Refectory, the Church, the Nativity, the naval section, Murat’s room, the gardens and the carriageway are only a small part of what you can enjoy in this amazing place.