A hidden treasure in the heart of Naples

The Pellegrini Museum is located in the picturesque Pignasecca neighborhood, just a few steps away from the Lower Decumanus, also known as “Spaccanapoli” (“Naples Splitter” in Italian), and is surrounded by significant architectural, historical and artistic sites. It was established in 2008 and is now recognized as a museum of regional interest (Museo di Interesse Regionale).
The museum complex comprises two churches, as well as galleries and historical halls: the Santa Maria Mater Domini Church, built in the fifteenth century, which retains the original façade; and the Santissima Trinità Church, designed by Giovanni Antonio Medrano and Carlo Vanvitelli, the plan of which is marked by two octagons connected by rectangles. Medrano also designed the “terrasanta”, the walnut choir, and the dome with gold patterns created by architect Astarita.
The Corridoio delle Lapidi (Corridor of the Tombstones) connects the Trinity Church to the halls intended for use by the members of the Archconfraternity: “Salone del Mandato”, “Sale della Vestizione”, “Sala degli Albi d’Oro”, “Galleria dei Dipinti”. These halls are full of fine works of art commissioned by or donated to the Archconfraternity: paintings by Bernardino Campi, Carlo Maratta, Andrea Vaccaro, Francesco Fracanzano, Onofrio Palumbo and Didier Barra, Giacomo Farelli, Francesco De Mura, Giuseppe Bonito, and Giacinto Diano; bronze and marble statues by Michelangelo Naccherino and Francesco Laurana; the Trinità by Angelo Viva, a work in stucco, as well as the XVI and XVII wooden statues representing the Passion of Jesus Christ.
The extraordinary collection of the Cappella delle Reliquie (Chapel of the Relics), its valuable furniture and liturgical objects tell visitors a long story, which began back in the sixteenth century. The Archivio Storico (Historical Archive) was declared in 1988 “Archive of great historical importance” and includes more than 1,200 books and registers, as well as several precious parchments, thus enabling scholars to access important documents.


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The Augustissima Arciconfraternita ed Ospedali della SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini e Convalescenti, originated in 1578 to accommodate and support pilgrims, and has helped the poor throughout its long history. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, a modern hospital was established to provide pilgrims with medical assistance. After this hospital became part of the National Healthcare Service in 1970, new spaces were found to help people. Today, the Poliambulatorio “Bernardo Giovino” (Bernardo Giovino Clinic), the Centro Socio Educativo per Minori “Fabrizio Pignatelli” (Fabrizio Pignatelli Social and Educational Center for Children) and the “Banco Alimentare” (Food Bank) – which helps those who suffer the most from the ongoing economic crisis – are the places where our brethren work according to the same, old principles. Moreover, the Archconfraternity organizes seminars, discussions, scientific meetings, and artistic events open to the public.

Besides being a “container” for an exceptionally rich artistic heritage, the Pellegrini Museum complex is an open space, where the ideals of hospitality and solidarity meet the complex social and cultural life of our city.


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Getting there

41, Via Portamedina

80134 Napoli

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Opening hours

Monday - Saturday

from 9 am to 2 pm

Ph. (+39) 081 5518957

Reservations required

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