Mayor Rosa Russo Jervolino announced the news of the museum Monday at the inauguration of an exhibition on Toto at Naples' Antisala dei Baroni center as part of the 40th anniversary of the actor's death, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Tuesday.
"We have to help people understand who Toto was and what he represented," Jervolino said. "His comedy was avant-garde and his quips are still part of our daily life."
Plans call for the museum to include film scripts, posters, props, costumes and the trademark derby hat that rocked atop the actor's head, ANSA said.
Toto was the stage name of Antonio de Curtis, a Neapolitan comedian who starred in more than 100 movies. As with Chaplin and Keaton, his work had poignant overtones, often focusing on the tragi-comic search for respectability.