Paestum National Archaeological Museum

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Via Magna Graecia, Paestum, Italy

Paestum National Archaeological Museum Reviews

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focus on the masterfully painted ancient Greek tombs Jun 27, 2017
Just across the archeological site is the Paestum National Archeological Museum, which is worthy of a visit. The collections are extensive from ancient Greek objects majority found near the necropolis.

The most famous treasury, however, is a tomb with a mural masterfully painted and certainly intriguing. Called the “Tomb of the Diver,” is the only example of Greek art painting from the classical period to survive in Italy. No one knows exactly about the interpretation of this painting. However, it suggests a very-Greek mind through the painted images of a symposium or exclusive partying of men. Thus, the person buried was not a local citizen of Poseidonia. Was he an athlete? A diver or a swimmer? No one knows exactly, although many believed that the picture of a diver is a depiction of the stark moment from life to death. The said tomb is so popular that it became a logo of almost every or any object you see in Paestum. Name an item, and it has "the diver” on it! I highly recommend to everyone who visits this town or the museum not to miss this section of frescos of grave chambers. I devoted a majority of time in those fascinating ancient tombs and was the highlight of my museum-musing.

Tickets are for both sites – the museum and the ruin site. We were trying to buy a separate ticket for the museum since the ruin site was no longer accepting visitors, but the museum was still open for the day. We thought we could explore the museum then the archeological site the next day. Apparently, it doesn’t work that way. It used to but not anymore. There are no separate tickets sold. So, even for those who aren’t enthusiastic about visiting museums, they might as well do both because the entrance tubs are for both sites. Unless of course, not minding paying for two, but miss out the other.

If visiting the both premises, I recommend, go to the museum first in the morning and then in the afternoon, the temples. The ruin site turns very atmospheric and solemn during sundown.

The museum itself is very organized, well lit, well equipped and well managed. There is souvenir shop right at the entrance door. The restrooms are in the basement, but there is an elevator for those who have difficulty taking the stairs down. The toilets are clean and up with toilet papers, hand soap and electric hand dryer. Most importantly, free to use!

Enjoy your visit! ~
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cotton_foam says:
Yes Jim they have quite masterfully painted collections of ancient Greek tombs.
Posted on: Oct 10, 2017
BASAIC says:
Sounds like a museum I would love to see.
Posted on: Oct 10, 2017
cotton_foam says:
Yes...
Thanks, Vance for "visiting" this museum! :)
Posted on: Sep 28, 2017
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