Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli



The Historical Archives of the National Archeological Museum contain the documents relating to the life and operation of the “Real Museo Borbonico e Soprintendenza agli Scavi del Regno”, one of the most ancient museums of preservation in Europe, which has been transformed over time – both in the title and in the range of competences – becoming “National” with the Unity of Italy.

The documents – ranging from the mid-700 to 1920 – relate to two main lines: Museum and Picture-gallery (transferred to the Museum of Capodimonte in 1957) and excavations, from the excavations of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae to many other excavations carried out by the Government or private citizens in several places in Campania and in general in Southern Italy.

At present, the Archives consist of about 12.000 files, 300 drawings and 180 handwritten volumes containing the ancient Museum inventories. All this material is catalogued in a database and keeps the ancient classification according thematic and/or topographic categories (the classification has been respected and reconstituted in the reorganization carried out in the last years). The documents subsequent to 1920, except particular cases, are still kept in the present Archives of the Museum.


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