Naples National Archaelogical Museum opening hours



National Archaeological Museum of Naples

  • The Museum is closed on Tuesdays, 1 January and 25 December.
  • If a public holiday falls on a Tuesday then the museum will be shut on the Wednesday after.

Jan 1 TO Dec 31 Timings

Days (Jan 1 TO Dec 31)

Monday 9:00am–7:30pm
Tuesday (Today)Closed
Wednesday 9:00am–7:30pm
Thursday 9:00am–7:30pm
Friday 9:00am–7:30pm
Saturday 9:00am–7:30pm
Sunday 9:00am–7:30pm
National Archaelogical Musuem Naples

The ticket office closes at 6:30pm and closing operations begin at 7pm.

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Best time to visit the National Archaeological Museum of Naples

Weekday vs Weekend

  • Aim to visit on a weekday, particularly Wednesday through Friday when crowds are thinner compared to weekends.
  • Morning visits just after opening or late afternoons before closing are strategic times to dodge the busiest periods.








Very Crowded

Peak season vs Low season

  • The ideal times to explore are during the off-peak tourist seasons of late fall (November) and winter (January to February), avoiding major holidays to ensure a quieter experience.
  • Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to October) strike a perfect balance with their mild weather, enhancing your overall enjoyment of Naples. In both these time frames, flight fares and hotel prices are also likely to be more reasonable as compared to the busy summer season.













Off Season
Moderate Season
Peak Season

How long should I spend at the National Archaeological Museum?

artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum

2-3 hours

This duration allows you to explore the museum's major highlights, including its renowned collections from Pompeii and Herculaneum, ancient Roman and Greek artifacts, and exquisite mosaics, without feeling rushed.

visitors at museum

4+ hours

For those with a deep interest in archaeology or a desire to examine the exhibits in detail, 4 hours or more may be more appropriate. This extended time frame offers the opportunity to delve into specific collections like the Farnese Bull, and the Alexander Mosaic, read informational placards thoroughly, and perhaps take a break at the museum's café.

Frequently asked questions about National Archaeological Museum Naples timings

Are there days when the National Archaeological Museum tends to be less crowded?

The National Archaeological Museum is often less crowded during weekdays, especially in the early morning or late afternoon. To enjoy a more peaceful and immersive visit, consider planning your trip during these times.

What happens if I miss my entry time slot?

Missed time slots may result in the forfeiture of your ticket, and you might need to purchase a new ticket, subject to availability.

How early should I arrive before my scheduled time slot?

Arriving 15-20 minutes before your time slot is advisable to allow enough time for ticket verification and entry.

Is there a limit to how long I can stay in the museum?

Visitors are free to spend as much time as they need to explore the museum. However, visitors should aim to complete their visits by closing time, which is typically at 7:30pm.

Are there early bird or late-night special hours available?

At the moment, there are no early bird or after-hours tours available at the Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Is it a good idea to visit the National Archaeological Museum of Naples on a public holiday?

On public holidays, you can expect to see the influx of tourists increase. As a result, lines at the ticketing counter may also increase. It's best to visit on a weekday, especially between Wednesday and Friday.