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National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) is one of the most important and visited museums in Italy, a must-see for enthusiasts of history and ancient art. Located in the heart of Naples, the MANN houses some of the most significant testimonies of the Greek-Roman past, making it a peerless center of culture and knowledge.

History of the museum

The history of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples began in the 18th century. Initially conceived as a cavalry barracks for the Palace of Studies, over the years it transformed into a museum through the acquisition of private collections and archaeological finds. Its fame further increased after the inclusion of artifacts from the excavations of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae.

The museum stands out for its vast collection of ancient art and artifacts, which includes mosaics, sculptures, jewelry, and everyday objects from ancient Roman and Greek civilizations. The structure itself, with its spacious corridors and imposing halls, is a splendid example of 18th-century architecture.

Curiosities of the National Archaeological Museum

One of the most fascinating curiosities of the MANN is the presence of a replica of the grotto of Tiberius at Sperlonga. Its allows visitors to immerse themselves in the art and culture of the past. Another unique attraction is the “Secret Chamber” (Gabinetto Segreto), hosting a collection of erotic art from Pompeii and Herculaneum, once accessible only to a restricted audience.

Special events and temporary exhibitions

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples regularly hosts special events and temporary exhibitions that enrich its cultural offerings. These exhibitions often include international collaborations and present artifacts and artworks from around the world, offering new perspectives and dialogues between different cultures.

The MANN is not just a place to admire ancient art, but it is also a top-tier educational center. With educational programs, guided tours, and workshops, the museum is committed to making history accessible and engaging for everyone, from the young to expert scholars.

What to see at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples

  1. The Farnese Collection: Includes invaluable sculptures such as the Farnese Bull and the Hercules Farnese, masterpieces of ancient art.
  2. The Frescoes and Mosaics from Pompeii and Herculaneum: These artifacts offer a unique glimpse into the daily life and art of the cities buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
  3. The Egyptian Collection: One of the most important in Italy, this collection includes mummies, sarcophagi, and everyday objects from ancient Egypt.
  4. The Numismatic Section: Here, one can admire ancient coins, offering a fascinating perspective on the economy and history of past civilizations.
  5. The Library: Contains over 40,000 volumes, manuscripts, and incunabula, essential for scholars and history enthusiasts.

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