Turin or Torino is one of the big cities in Italy. The city is known as a business and cultural center that hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics.
As an important cultural center for Italy, Turin is an interesting place to visit. In addition to typical European buildings in the Middle Ages, there is also a museum that presents a variety of unique collections. Want to know anything? Come on, explore some of the museums in Turin!
- Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum or Museo Egizo is a museum dedicated entirely to ancient Egyptian culture. This museum has the most complete collection outside of Cairo. Turin is considered the city where Egyptology began.
Launching the official website of the Egyptian Museum, the museum was founded in 1824 and was designed by Michelangelo Grove. The building was enlarged and adapted to its use in the second half of the 19th century. Starting in 1832, the museum was opened to the public.
The museum is open every day, Monday (09.00-14.00), Tuesday-Sunday (09.00-18.30). While the rates start from 1 Euro for children to 30 Euros for a family package. Visitors can order it online and make sure to arrive at least one hour before closing time. Because there are times when the museum operates during special hours, outside of the opening hours starting at 09.00-21.00.
For those of you who want to learn and explore further without having to go there, you can take a virtual tour. Complete, right?
- National Cinema Museum
Are you interested in the world of cinema? There is the National Cinema Museum which presents the history of cinema and film from its inception to the present day. Also known as the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, this museum is located in the Mole Antonelliana, a magnificent 19th-century building.
The Mole Antonelliana is the most famous landmark and architectural symbol in Turin. Visitors can enjoy a collection of films, objects, scene sets, and posters to watch movie trailers in a relaxed manner. In addition, you can see the view of the building from a 360-degree perspective, at a height of 85 meters.
Entrance ticket prices start from 3.5 Euros to 15 Euros, depending on the package taken. For students and college students, it is cheaper, especially just for the entrance ticket to the museum. As for seeing the sights, you can buy a special ticket or a pass to the museum.
The museum is open every day, except Tuesdays (closed), from 9.00 to 19.00. If you visit a lot, you can use the services of a guide. Don’t worry, there are special guides who speak Italian, English, Spanish, French, to German.
- Juventus Museum
For you football fans, especially the Juventus club, try visiting the Jeventus Museum in Turin. According to the Juventus website, the museum was founded in 2012 and was built to celebrate history and victories through the display of trophies and memorabilia.
Visitors can enjoy contemporary exhibitions which take place almost every year. In addition, there is a virtual room where visitors can experience the exciting sensation of being a Juventus player. Interested to try it?
Ticket prices start at 12 Euros. Opening hours daily, except Tuesday (closed), from 10.30-19.00. Meanwhile, on weekends and holidays, it closes at 19.30. Operating hours may change every season.
- Museum of Human Anatomy
The Museum of Human Anatomy was founded in 1739 and moved to the Anatomy Institute Building in 1898. This museum plays an important role in education in the City of Turin. Schools can submit proposals to visit the Museum of the Anatomy Institute (including the Luigi Rolando Museum of Human Anatomy, Cesare Lombroso Museum of Criminal Anthropology, and the Francesco Garnier Valetti Museum of Fruits).
Some of the interesting collections owned by the museum are anatomical wax models, dry specimens, and “natural” anatomy, to more than a thousand skulls as a craniological collection. Another collection, namely “chief phrenologist” aims to study the relationship between characters and human skulls. The collection includes casts of skulls and “heads” of famous people, from artists to criminals.
The museum is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance fees start from 5 Euros and can be discounted according to age and membership. While the cost for a guide for one hour is around 35 Euros with a maximum number of 25 participants per group.
- Museum of Criminal Anthropology
Want to enjoy dark tourism in Turin? The Museum of Criminal Anthropology can be an option for you. As the name suggests, this museum is dedicated to Cesare Lombroso, founder of Criminal Anthropology.
The collection includes anatomical specimens, drawings, photographs, samples of evidence, to works of art made by asylum and prison residents. The display of skulls and skeletons along with wax models of deceased killers is a popular attraction for intellectuals; apart from the academic side and the controversy about Cesare Lombroso’s theory and understanding. There is also a gallows that was last used in Turin in 1865.
The last skull exhibit added to the museum was that of Cesare Lombroso himself. After his death, Lombroso’s head was preserved and is now on display in a room in the museum.
- Museum of Oriental Art
Another unique museum that you should visit in Turin is the Museum of Oriental Art. Yes, this museum presents a broad overview of ancient Asian cultural arts. The museum is located in the Palazzo Mazzonis, a landmark that served as the city’s palace in the 18th century.
The museum’s collection includes art from South and Southeast Asia, Chinese funerary art from the Neolithic to the Tang Period, religious and secular art from Japan, the Himalayas, and a collection of Islamic art. There is also a Japanese Garden on the ground floor which is often used for temporary exhibitions. The museum also hosts themed exhibitions that focus on specific groups of works.
The Museum of Oriental Art is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Except for Thursday, 13.00-19.00 local time. While the price of admission per person from 3.5 Euro. Prices may vary if you choose a tour package with the services of a guide.
- Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile
For automotive lovers, there is also an interesting museum to visit, the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile, in keeping with the image of the City of Turin as home to one of the most important car manufacturers in the world. You can find more than 200 original cars from 80 brands here.
The museum is one of the most famous automotive museums in the world. Like a 100-year-old Fiat surrounded by half a dozen Lancia Stratis and lots of Ferraris. There is also a small library where you can browse the brand, model, and year of production through the official website.
The museum is open every day, especially Monday, from 10:00 to 14:00, and Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 19:00.
Those were a series of unique museums in Turin that should be added to your bucket list. In addition to admiring the beauty of its architecture, you can also observe the various collections in the museum. Where do you want to visit?