Museo Egizio – Egyptian Museum – Turin

via Accademia delle Scienze, 6, Torino
Piemonte, Italy
Email: info@museitorino.it
Phone: +39 (0)11 561 7776
Website: https://museoegizio.it/en/
closed on: Monday afternoons
Museum Type: Archaeology

Also known as Museo delle Antichità Egizie, the Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum) in Turin is one of the world’s largest and most important museums of Egyptian art and archaeology.


History

The origins of the museum trace back to 1630, when Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, assembled a small collection of Egyptian antiquities; the collection was thereafter expanded during the 18th century through archaeological expeditions and acquisitions, and publicly displayed since 1824 into the new Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Turin.
The museum is housed in the Palazzo dell’Accademia delle Scienze, an imposing Baroque-style building, designed in 1679 by architect Guarino Guarini, located in the heart of the capital of the Piedmont region.


Collection and permanent exhibition

In the Turin Egyptian Museum’s galleries, about 6.500 objects are permanently on display, selected from a collection amounting to over 32,000 pieces dating from the 4.000 BC to the 700 AD.
The collection consists of sculptures, statuettes, architectural elements and decorations, sarcophagi, vases, everyday objects and tools, mummies, votive and religious objects, arms, toys, furniture, clothes and textiles, and papyri.

Spanning a floor area of 107,000 square feet and arranged both chronologically and thematically, the museum’s permanent exhibition has been completely renovated in 2015, after a design by Isolarchitetti, Migliore+Servetto architects, and Academy Award-winning set designer Dante Ferretti.

One of the most interesting characteristics of this museum is the great diversity of the artifact on view, including a series of mummies of the 5th Dynasty wrapped in linen clothes; the Toilet Box of Merit, still retaining the original ointments inside their alabaster and glass vessels; the Anthropoid Sarcophagus of Butehamon, the Canopic Vessels of Wah-ib-ra, once containing internal organs removed during mummification; the entire content of the Tomb of Kha and of Merit; a large monument from the Temple of Ellesyia; the famous Turin Papyrus Map; the Bembine Table of Isis bronze tablet, and the oldest known version of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, among many others.


The museum regularly organizes educational activities, workshops, and guided tours especially aimed at children, families, and schools.
Fully accessible to physically impaired people, the Egyptian Museum of Turin also includes a library, a book and gift shop, a cafe, and a roof garden.


Images

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Egyptian Museum of Turin, permanent exhibition, installation views; photos © Ivan Lombardi © Isolarchitetti

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Transverse section of the museum’s building; image courtesy of Isolarchitetti

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Sarcophagus of Kha (detail), 18th-20th dynasty (1539-1076 BC), gilded wood; photo: Alexander Schimmeck

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Statues of Pendua and Nefertari (detail), 18th-20th dynasty (1539-1076 BC), limestone; photo: Stefano Merli

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The so-called “Kings’ Gallery”, featuring a number of monumental sculptures; photo: Marco Taddia

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Various objects and statuettes on display in the museum’s galleries; photos (top to bottom): Brian Shamblen, Alexander Schimmeck, and Stefano Merli

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The Nubian Room with the rock-cut Temple of Ellesyia, 18th-20th dynasty (1539-1076 BC), limestone; photo © Ivan Lombardi © Isolarchitetti

Cover image: Statue of pharaoh Amenhotep II (detail), 18th-20th dynasty (1539-1076 BC), granite; photo: Maurizio Zanetti

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