Vesuvius Observatory

Voyage into the volatile world of volcanoes.

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You don’t need to be a science geek to appreciate this one-of-a-kind museum. It’s set in the first ever volcanology observatory in the world at 608 metres on the slopes of Vesuvius. Opened in 1845, it was strategically located there to monitor Vesuvius. Today, the observatory resides in a facility in Fuorigrotta and is under the purview of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) .

Learn about the various types of volcanic eruptions and observe how seismic data is recorded then and now. The riveting world of volcanoes is brought to life through photographs and films; books, drawings and prints; maps and surveys; a selection of rocks and minerals; and an impressive collection of antique instruments for observing and measuring volcanological and seismological events, among which is the first ever electromagnetic seismograph invented by Luigi Palmieri.

Recently restored, the museum re-opened in May 2015 but you do need to reserve ahead of time by phone or email to [email protected]

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Mount Vesuvius
39 081 6108560

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