The museum was established in 1988, coinciding with the centenary of the founding of the Association, as the means of preserving a great heritage asset and restoring it to the city. It is housed on the 2nd floor of historic Palazzo Zapata, and showcases ‘Neapolitan nineteenth century’ painting. The entire collection was amassed over the course of the 125 years of the social activity undertaken by the Association, which was founded under the name of the ‘Artists’ Society’ at the home of Edoardo Dalbono, in 1888, by the most important professional painters of the day. The Association was also home to Naples’s first School of Dramatic Art and to the prestigious Neapolitan Chess Academy. The art nouveau hall created by the architect G. B. Comencini in 1912 is of great merit. Contemporary art works from the late nineteenth century to the present day hang in the various rooms. It is home to a Library, containing a number of valuable editions, and to a Photographic Library, containing original photos and dedications by artists, literati and figures of Italian and international fame, both of which are open to the public.