this guide is due to be published at what is arguably the most awkward moment imaginable. in a few years’ time, the museum will undergo major refurbishment involving restoration work and a new layout. the collections will be moved and the rooms will be temporarily closed. what is the point of publishing a guide during this phase? well, we believe that although it may seem inappropriate, the moment is particularly opportune for grasping the sense of the museum of paestum. it is not a museum, even though the word appears in large bronze letters above the entrance: MVSEO.
…laid bare, stripped of most of its collections in order to carry out the work alluded to above, it reveals its true identity most clearly: that of a temple, a unique work of architecture in which antiquity and contemporaneity merge. [gabriel zuchtriegel]