Located inside the Palazzo Reale – purchase tickets at the palace ticket booth – MeMus hosts long-running temporary exhibitions linked to the rich history of Europe's oldest working opera house, the Teatro San Carlo. Exhibitions showcase everything from original stage-design sketches, costumes, posters and letters, to the personal artefacts of legends of the theatre and opera world.

Theatre and opera fans can buy the combination ticket (€11) for entry to both the Palazzo Reale and adjoining MeMus.

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Nearby Naples attractions

1. Palazzo Reale

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Envisaged as a 16th-century monument to Spanish glory (Naples was under Spanish rule at the time), the magnificent Palazzo Reale is home to the Museo del…

2. Teatro San Carlo

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An evening at Italy's largest opera house is magical. Although the original 1737 theatre burnt down in 1816, Antonio Niccolini's 19th-century…

3. Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli

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Naples' Palazzo Reale is home to the Biblioteca Nazionale, its priceless treasures including at least 2000 papyri discovered at Herculaneum and fragments…

4. Piazza del Plebiscito

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For Continental grandeur, it's hard to beat Piazza del Plebiscito. Whichever way you look, the view is show-stopping. To the northwest, vine-covered…

5. Galleria Umberto I

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Recalling Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Naples' most famous 19th-century arcade is a breathtaking pairing of richly adorned neo-Renaissance fronts…

6. Basilica di San Francesco di Paola

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The undisputed star of Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples’ largest square, is the Basilica di San Francesco di Paola, a later addition to the colonnade that…

7. Castel Nuovo


Locals know this 13th-century castle as the Maschio Angioino (Angevin Keep), and its Cappella Palatina is home to fragments of frescoes by Giotto; they're…

8. Galleria Borbonica


Traverse five centuries along Naples’ Bourbon Tunnel. Conceived by Ferdinand II in 1853 to link the Palazzo Reale to the barracks and the sea, the never…