Night at the Museum


An Italian museum has called in ghost hunters after workers carrying out overnight renovations downed tools claiming the building was haunted.

Builders say they have heard chilling screams, felt temperatures suddenly plunge and even seen ghosts while working at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy.

One of the men said: 'There is something strange that happens at nights in this museum. Objects inside get mysteriously moved or vanish, and there are the apparitions as well.'

The architect responsible for works, Oreste Albareno, tried to reassure the men by spending a night with them but ended up also being convinced the museum was haunted, Italian daily Il Mattino reports.

Mr Albareno told the paper that he had managed to take a photo of what he believed to be a ghost on his mobile phone. 'It shows a little girl but there was no little girl on the site,' he said.

'None of the staff took a daughter with them - it is a secure locked site so there was no way the child could have sneaked in.'

Museum director Valeria Sampaolo said she had called in the ghost hunters to solve the mystery and get the building works back on track.

The case has been likened to the the film Nights In the Museum, where the exhibits come to life at night after the museum closes because of the power of an ancient relic displayed on the premises.

The National Archaeological Museum's collection includes artifacts from the Greek, Roman and Renaissance.

Ms Sampaolo added: 'I don't know what is causing what the builder's claim they have seen and we do have many ancient artefacts with mysterious backgrounds but at the end of the day I want it to stop.

'I want people to talk about our museum because of the exhibits and not the ghosts.'

Paranormal experts are due to arrive at the museum in September to investigate the claims. - dailymail

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The National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy

The National Archaeological Museum is Europe’s most important and largest archaeological museum. Here, you can see most of the findings from the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, two of the towns that were destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius, in the year 79 A.D.

The building from 1585 has a long history. Originally, it was used as a cavalry barracks before it became the headquarters of the university in 1612.

In 1748, Sanfelice added a wing, which, since 1773, houses a collection of antiquities the Bourbon king, Charles III, inherited from the Farnese family from Parma in 1735.

The Farnese Collection includes bronze and marble statues (e.g., the magnificent large sculptures of the Farnese Hercules and the Farnese Bull) as well as paintings and important findings from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Large-sized wall decorations, tableware, and papyrus rolls please the eyes of the beholder. The centre of attraction is the mosaic from the Casa del Fauno in Pompeii, which consists of over 1.5 Million little pieces and shows a scene from the battle between Alexander the Great and the Persian King Darius III. Since 2000, you can also see the antique Erotica collection, which was locked away in the Secret Room for a long time and includes erotic wall paintings from Pompeii.

The lower ground floor displays the collection of the Borgia family with important excavation findings from Egypt. - portanapoli.com


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