10 Museums in Naples That You Shouldn't Miss

October 14, 2021 Layne Dawes

Romantic Naples, two hours south of Rome, is the largest city in southern Italy. It has some of the world's best opera and theater houses and is often called an open-air museum, due to its many historic statues and monuments. Join families on promenade as the sun sets on the Bay of Naples. View finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale or revel in the art and architecture of Museo Cappella Sansevero, built in the late 1500s.
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1. Sant'Anna dei Lombardi (Monteoliveto)

Piazza Monteoliveto 4, 80134, Naples Italy +39 391 794 4140 [email protected] http://www.santannadeilombardi.com
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Sant'Anna dei Lombardi (Monteoliveto)

The church of Monteoliveto, or Sant'Anna dei Lombardi, is known for its quantity and quality of Renaissance artworks, such as those by tuscans Benedetto da Maiano and Antonio Rossellino, together with famed frescos by Giorgio Vasari within the Sagrestia Vecchia that make the Church one of the most relevant examples of Tuscan Renaissance in Naples. It’s also important to mention the Compianto sul Cristo Morto, a statuesque group by Guido Mazzoni from Modena. Guided Tours of the Museum are organized by the Social Cooperative ParteNeapolis.

Reviewed By RMstevenw - London, United Kingdom

We knew nothing about the church but were introduced to it by a couple of young stuff members that were promoting it outside. The church seems pretty forgettable until you reach the last chapel, a beauty all covered in frescoes by Giorgio Vasari,  the illustrious tuscan artist from 1500s. Worth the visit.

2. Museo del Corallo Ascione

Piazzetta Matilde Serao 19 Angiporto Galleria Umberto I, secondo piano, 80132, Naples Italy +39 081 411300 [email protected] http://www.museodelcorallo.it
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Museo del Corallo Ascione

By appoinment. CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE UNTIL 2 SETTEMBER 2019 The coral and cameos jewellery museum Ascione is in Naples inside the Galleria Umberto I building, opposite the opera-Teatro di San Carlo and near the Royal Palace of Naples. Here you can visit a museum founded as a tribute to the past generations engaged in this successful activity by Ascione Family. It also includes a didactic and an artistic sections, displaying not only hundreds of jewels as witnesses of red coral and Cameo manufacture from 1805 to 1950, but also ancient documents, tools, machinery and pictures to revive and to go on along a journey started 150 years ago.

3. Galleria Borbonica

Vico del Grottone 4 Zona Piazza Plebiscito, 80132, Naples Italy +39 081 764 5808 [email protected] http://www.galleriaborbonica.com/it/home/
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Galleria Borbonica

Enchanting scenery that unfolds to the eyes of visitors, a secret place full of history and magic atmosphere.An emotional journey that conducts visitors in the new section of the underground of Naples. It is situated in Vico del Grottone 4, from to 150 mt. to Plebiscito Square. Until a few years ago it wasa veterinary laboratory, now is the entrance of the Bourbon Tunnel. A staircase with 8 ramps, 33 yards deep descending into the belly of Chiaia. The second entry is in Via Domenico Morelli,40, through the crosswalk of “Quick parking”.The Tunnel was built in 1853 by Ferdinand II of Bourbon, who, concerned about the outbreak of rebellion, he asked for an escape from the Royal Palace to the barrack in Via della Pace, now Via Morelli. The work was uncompleted and, during the second World War, was used by residents of the area as a military hospital, later becoming the Hall Judicial Deposit.The war left its mark even in the subsoil. That’s way there are handwrite, folding beds, messages of wish and desolation of those who lived it and still maintains its memory. Along the tunnel thereare also the evidences, 530 meters, where visitors can discover the history of real life. Through the spacious streets, it’s easy reachable the network of tunnels and cisterns of seventeenth-century,large buildings, where worked the "pozzari", the only connoisseur of Naples underground.The show is stunning, but that's not finished. On Via Morelli appear statues dating back to fascist period and many cars and motorcycles, abandoned for years, freed from piles of rubbish, arranged and illuminated ad hoc for the route.Nothing is left to chance, even lighting, perfectly integrated with the path of the visitors.Since today everything is possible to visit. Five years ago the scenery was completely different.Rubbish, degradation, wastes of all kinds covered the reliquaries.

Reviewed By 924silvioc

Excellent tour, an amazing place to visit and a snapshot of life in Naples during WWII Lots of thanks to Lorena for the excellent explanation

4. MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti

Via Luciano Armanni 5 Complesso di Santa Patrizia, Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, 80138, Naples Italy +39 081 566 7747 [email protected] http://www.musa.unicampania.it
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MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti

Reviewed By Travel_Jive - Scotland, United Kingdom

First, do not go here if you do not like the sight of preserved human body parts. This museum is home to many anatomical structures which have been preserved or mummified. Personally I found it fascinating, Inspiring as an artist also, but there are quiet moments of sadness. The collection is incredible and are well displayed. There are descriptions inside the display cabinet but only in Italian but you can get a tablet from the host and this will guide you through many of the displays in English. I dont know what other languages they have. We had a bit of difficulty finding the museum and ended up going through the back door. Its only open until 2pm only so come early! You need around 1-1.5 hours here to really study the works on display. You can take the metro here and you need take Line/Linea 1 and get off at stop MUSEU - It really is a captivating museum if you are interested in anatomy, science/medicine, the human analysis, etc. The host was very helpful, pleasant and welcoming. Very polite indeed! There is no admission into this museum, its free! Definitely highly recommened!

5. Ospedale delle Bambole

Via San Biagio Dei Librai 39 Palazzo Marigliano, 80138, Naples Italy +39 081 1863 9797 [email protected] https://www.ospedaledellebambole.com/
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Ospedale delle Bambole

Reviewed By simonp465 - Bari, Italy

Brought the kids to the dolls hospital/ museum - permanent smiles - all very happy thanks. Easy to find in the Spacanapoli area

6. Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta

Via San Biagio Dei Librai 118, 80138, Naples Italy +39 331 420 9045 [email protected] http://www.respiriamoarte.it/luoghi/chiesa-arte-della-seta/
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Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta

The Association RESPIRIAMO ARTE offers a unique tour in the Church of Art of Silk of Saints Philip and James. Tour's duration is 30 minutes, it walking inside the story of noble Silk Art and includes the visit of the Church and some secret special place: the remains of frescos of XVI century, the wood Neapolitan Sacristy of XVIII century, the Crypt where men of Silk Corporation were buried and archaeological remains in the inside courtyard. A guided tour that returns to Naples the title of City of Silk. Guided tours every 40 minutes with admission until 30 minutes before the closing. The Guided Tour in English language is possible with a descriptive brochure of the places and their history but always following the tour group in Italian language.

7. Museo delle Arti Sanitarie

Via Maria Longo 50, 80138, Naples Italy +39 081 440647 [email protected] http://www.museoartisanitarie.it
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Museo delle Arti Sanitarie

8. ilCartastorie - Museo dell'Archivio Storico Banco di Napoli

Via Dei Tribunali n. 214, 80139, Naples Italy +39 081 449400 [email protected] http://www.ilcartastorie.it
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ilCartastorie - Museo dell'Archivio Storico Banco di Napoli

ilCartastorie, the museum at the Banco di Napoli Historical Archives, was created as a way to allow the public access to the enormous patrimony of documents from the ancient Neapolitan public banks. Within these documents are nearly 17 million names, hundreds of thousands of payments, along with detailed reasons for payment which paint a fascinating picture of Naples and all of Southern Italy during the past 450 years, from 1573 to today. ilCartastorie, in a myriad of ways, from multimedia exhibits to creative writing workshops, effectively brings back the voices, the stories and the historical events which have been immortalized in the pages of the large tomes found at the Archives.

9. Chiesa Museo di Santa Luciella ai Librai

Vico Santa Luciella 5, 80138, Naples Italy +39 331 420 9045 [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/chiesadisantaluciella/
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Chiesa Museo di Santa Luciella ai Librai

The church was founded by Bartolomeo Di Capua in 1327 and became a place of worship for the Guild of Pipernieri, Frabbicatori and Tagliamonti that in Santa Lucia entrusted the protection of sight, put at risk by their profession. In the basement of the church is kept the famous Skull with Ears, from which the Neapolitans, up until the 1900s, went to pray.

Reviewed By valelic

The medieval church is an adorable little place which preserve a wonderful “skull with ears”. It is unique in the world. This place is more important for the great job of refurbishing of Respiriamo Arte association. Thank you a lot!

10. Collezione Bonelli

Piazzetta San Gennaro, 3 Materdei, 80100, Naples Italy +39 340 484 4132 http://www.facebook.com/collezionebonelli
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Collezione Bonelli

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