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Naples: National Archaeological Museum Ticket & Pemcards

1. Naples: National Archaeological Museum Ticket & Pemcards

Visit the Naples National Archeological Museum with your day admission ticket and marvel at one of the world’s finest collections of Greco-Roman artifacts. Charles III of Spain founded the museum in the mid-18th century.  The museum hosts extensive collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. The core of the collection comes from the Farnese Collection and includes engraved gems and the Farnese Marbles. You can also see the museum’s best-known collections as well as new displays including the history of coins and the celebrated Secret Cabinet.

Naples Archaeological Museum 2-Hour Guided Private Tour

2. Naples Archaeological Museum 2-Hour Guided Private Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the Naples National Archaeological Museum, located at the northwest corner of the city’s original Greek wall. The 2-hour tour will introduce you to one of the world’s greatest archaeology collections, including extraordinary masterworks of art discovered in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, Oplontis, and related villas. At its core is the Farnesian collection of sculptures and other objects, such as the mosaic of Alexander the Great from the House of the Fauno in Pompeii. See silvers from the House of Menandro in Pompeii, and a number of Roman frescoes excavated from the Vesuvian area. Wander the gallery containing the Farnese Collection to admire the legendary statues of Hercules at rest, as well as 2 Tyrannicide and the majestic group called “Toro Farnese.” Your guide will explain the use of everyday objects, most notably the beautiful silverware from the Villa of Menandro and the so called “Blue Vase” from a tomb in Pompeii.

Naples: National Archaeological Museum of Naples Guided Tour

3. Naples: National Archaeological Museum of Naples Guided Tour

See the best of the Archeological Museum of Naples in the company of a guide on a walking tour. With skip-the-line entrance privileges, make the most of your time. Admire the art and artifacts from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and more up close. Start the tour at the museum's ticket office and be led by a professional guide and archaeologist. Cruise past the long waiting lines with your skip-the-line entry tickets. Discover the hidden treasures of one of the oldest and richest museums in the world. See the Farnese collection with ancient statues of Hercules, the 2 Tyrannicides (tyrant slayers), the majestic group of Toro Farnese, Greek gods, and Roman emperors. Get up close to some of the best-preserved frescoes and mosaics from nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum. Walk in the gallery's wings to admire the Roman collection with artifacts that survived the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. Be inspired by the finest masterpieces of classical art along with artifacts, coins, and wall paintings from throughout ancient history, learning about their origins from your guide.

Naples: Tour of the Undergrounds with an Archaeologist

4. Naples: Tour of the Undergrounds with an Archaeologist

Embark on an archaeological journey through the vast underground 40 meters beneath the streets of Naples. Move through time past ancient cisterns, aqueducts, and World War II-era air raid shelters. Start your tour at Piazza San Gaetano. Go through Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the oldest churches in the city, to find the entrance to the underground. Go down to the ancient Greek cisterns carved into the hard stone. Arrive at the lowest point on the route and walk through the tunnels to the ancient Roman water collection tanks. Move along a trail used by the Knights Templar during the Middle Ages before entering air-raid shelters from the 1940s.

National Archaeological Museum of Naples Private Guided Tour

5. National Archaeological Museum of Naples Private Guided Tour

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) is one of the richest and most important museums in the world. Along with your expert archaeologist private guide, explore this trove of knowledge and make your way through the fascinating stories and artifacts of our ancient history.   Your guide will take you on an immersive trip through time: you’ll be spectators at the Battle of Osso, stand in front of the mosaic of a portrait of Alexander the Great, pass by Pompeii frescoes with still-clear colors, and stroll among the huge classic sculptures of the Farnese Collection. This museum accommodates new discoveries from excavations, as can be seen through its large section of Pompeii and Herculaneum antiquities.   Perfect for history pros and beginners alike, this tour through the MANN is a must-do on your trip to Naples.

Naples Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

6. Naples Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Get to know Naples at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Naples’ most important attractions on foot. You can start the tour at any time. Starting from the National Archaeological Museum, see the Museo Cappella Sansevero, San Domenico Maggiore, Santa Chiara, Gesù Nuovo, the church of St. Nicholas the Charitable, the Fountain of Neptune, Castel Nuovo, and Piazza del Plebiscito, where the tour ends. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day.

Naples: City Landmarks Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

7. Naples: City Landmarks Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

The captivating city of Naples is packed with sights of interest. On this tour you will see Castel dell'Ovo , the oldest wooden structure in Naples, and the Naples National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s biggest archaeological museums and particularly famous for its Roman antiquities collections. You will also see the Royal Palace of Naples, Castel Nuovo, Gravina Palace, St Chiara Church, Palazzo Venezia, Museo Capella Sansevero, Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta, and the Naples Botanical Garden. Naples has churches, museums and palaces galore. Your tour. Your way.

Naples: National Archeological Museum Tour with Michele Arpa

8. Naples: National Archeological Museum Tour with Michele Arpa

Visit the National Archaeological Museum of Naples with local guide Michele Arpa. Learn about new archaeological discoveries, hear in-depth explanations of the items you see, and connect with the ancient inhabitants of Pompeii through Michele's love of Naples, history, and art. Meet Michele at the Archaeological Museum and head inside. Begin with the collections of frescoes and mosaics from Pompeii and Herculaneum, preserved by the enormous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. As you stroll through the collections, hear about daily life in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Continue to the Villa dei Papiri collection, objects taken from the residence of the Pisoni family, which included Cesar's father-in-law. See the papyrus scrolls with writings on Greek philosophy, charred by the lava. Marvel at the statues of the Dancers and the Runners, ready to start a race. Head to the statues of the Farnese collection, belonging to the family of the first Bournob King of Naples: Charles II. Enter the statues room of the Baths of Caracalla and see the Hercules and Farnese Bull statues and the Farnese cup. Travel around the world and back in time with a stop in the Egyptian collection, the Magna Graecia collection, and the Prehistory and Protohistory collection before finishing your tour.

Tour: Pompeii Ruins & Archaeological Museum in Naples

9. Tour: Pompeii Ruins & Archaeological Museum in Naples

Explore Pompeii, and immerse yourself in the details and stories of Roman society and daily life in the moments before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried everything under a deep layer of ash. Discover one of the largest and most important collections of ancient wonders in the world at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. Meet your friendly, professional guide at a location of your choosing before traveling in comfort to Pompeii. Enjoy an immersive and informative guided tour around the key archaeological sites including the Marina Gate, Curia, Forum, and Thermal Baths. Marvel at the Temples of Jupiter, Apollo and Venus, and be moved by the haunting plaster casts of the eruption's victims. Journey back to Naples and pause for lunch at an excellent local pizzeria, before moving on to the National Archaeological Museum. Discover one of the world's greatest collection of classical artworks, artifacts and curiosities uncovered from around sites in the local area and around Italy. Reveal these objects' histories with the help of your professional guide. Finally, enjoy a comfortable transfer back to your accommodation.

Naples Archaeological Museum: Skip-the-Line Private Tour

10. Naples Archaeological Museum: Skip-the-Line Private Tour

Enjoy a private guided tour of the National Archaeological Museum. Gaze at the collection of relics taken from the archaeological areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, Boscoreale, and Baia. See the famous statue of Heracles and the mosaic of the Cave Canem found in Pompeii. Get access to the Secret Cabinet of the King, an area of the museum that reproduces the Lupanariae, the red-light district, with its frescoes and small statues. Last but not least, admire the collection of Egyptian relics lately restored and exposed to visitors.

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What people are saying about Naples National Archaeological Museum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 312 reviews

After our visits to Vesuvius and then to the 'mundane' Herculaneum (the Monte Carlo avant la lettre) and the 'working class Pompeii', we admired and marveled at the daily life in the archaeological museum: The frescoes, mosaics, statues and the daily utensils such as glass, jewelry and medical instruments of the residents give a good picture of life until the volcanic eruption, which came to an abrupt halt. Pliny the Younger, who found his uncle one of the victims after the eruption, has written in detail about the volcanic eruption as an eyewitness. We became silent at the sight of the human remains, such as the pregnant woman (with belly) who was found lying forward and covering her face with her hands: The filled-in cavity of her body in the volcanic remains we had also seen in Herculaneum.

The guide, named Carlo, has, thanks to his preparation and availability, made the experience exceptional. The Museum is unique, but the guide is essential !! Thanks Carlo, thanks Askos. Daniela

Very interesting tour filled with many highlights. Well explained, authentic guide. Small group Thank you We recommend.

It's a great way to get a first overview of Naples. The puzzles are well done and had the right difficulty for me.

Very funny. A different way of getting to know the city