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Royal craftwork from Naples

One area of our Museum’s collection of miniatures is dedicated to the Neapolitan folk art of nativity-scene making. The exhibition with its scenes of typical everyday Mediterranean life conveys a unique insight into the life of the citizens of 18th-century Naples.

The Neapolitan folk art of nativity-scene making originated in the depiction of the Holy Family at the end of the 15th century. The Bourbon King Charles III was responsible for the heyday of Mediterranean nativity-scene making. His passion for the art form was passed on to well-to-do citizens, monasteries and churches.

Our exhibits on the 3rd floor of the Museum were created by the Neapolitan nativity-scene artist Mario Capuano in many months of meticulous craftsmanship. He created a scene covering some 15 m2 whose buildings, figures and more than a hundred accessory items represent an authentic depiction of everyday life in 18th-century Naples. Nativity-scene making has been a passion of the Capuano family since 1840. Among their recent important works are nativity scenes for the pilgrimage church in San Giovanni Rotondo and for King Juan Carlos of Spain. 

The latest

from the Museum

Current special exhibition

Perfume flacons – vessels for seductive fragrances

Current special exhibition

Perfume flacons – vessels for seductive fragrances

The Storp Collection – from antiquity to the present day

21 October 2017 – 8 April 2018

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The culinary world

Ristorante La Sosta

The culinary world

Ristorante La Sosta

For appetites both great and small. Open daily, with hot dishes available throughout opening hours.

To Ristorante La Sosta

Including the current special exhibition

Public tours

Including the current special exhibition

Public tours

Tours are given on the 1st Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. Duration: About 1 hour.

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Our

Opening hours

Our

Opening hours

Opening hours, including holidays, for the museum, boutique, and Ristorante La Sosta.

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