Museo di Antichita

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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,473 contributions
The "other" archaeological museum in Turin
Dec 2019
The Museum of Antiquity is the second archaeological museum in Turin beside the notable and famous Egyptian Museum. But is still well worth a visit with many valuable artifacts.
Many of the items on display are collections, amassed by members of the Savoy Dynasty and private collectors as well. The museum can be visited as a part of the Royal Museums with a shared ticket of 15€ for all of them.
The artifacts are divided into 3 sections. The "Pavilion of Collections" has Roman and Greek sculptures, busts, bass-reliefs, etc; Etruscan bronze figures, sarcophagus, etc; artifacts found in Cyprus and, probably the most significant Roman mosaics of Orpheus and the Papyrus of Artemidorus with geographical content.
The Pavilion of Territory where are exhibited items found in Piedmont from the pre-historic times to the Middle Ages.
The third section is located in the underground section of the New Wing of the Royal Palace (Manica Nuova di Palazzo Reale) and is dedicated to Turin with the very valuable collection of Roman silver - the Marengo Treasure. Excavations of an ancient amphitheater, on top of which the Royal Palace was built, can be also seen here.
Information about the items is given in Italian and English but the light in the underground section is quite dim.
Written 29 April 2020
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Anfrist
Bucharest, Romania4,273 contributions
Interesting museum
Sep 2017 • Family
The museum is part of a group of museums and exhibitions at the Royal Palace. It is quite large and very well explained in both Italian and English. Exhibits are nicely arranged and taken care of, so it is a pleasure to walk through and explore the museum. There are also temporary exhibitions. If you take a Turin and Piedmont card, the entrance is free. You can spend from 30 to 60 ore more minutes here, as there are also short movies to watch about different eras.
Written 28 September 2017
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ejfraser
Solihull, UK807 contributions
Looks very Interesting
Mar 2017
In the Archaeological Park just diagonally opposite the Porta Palatina. didn't have time to visit but the scu;pyures outside are interesting.
Written 23 June 2017
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NLcycle
Rotterdam, The Netherlands617 contributions
Traditional museum
Nov 2016 • Friends
Well, if you visit the Egyptian museum first, then this museum could be a bit disappointing. Mostly because the collection of the Egyptian museum is so spectacular, but also because the display of the collection in the Museum for Antiquities is still quite traditional, and not so vivid. You really have to search for the entrance, and it is tucked away in the back of the beautiful Palace. For an italian museum the collection of Roman remains is quite small; some statues, slabs and artifacts.
Written 24 May 2017
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Andy B
Belo Horizonte, MG599 contributions
Simple & Delightful Archaeological Museum
Mar 2016 • Solo
This museum is a pleasure to visit, and admission for it is included in the Royal Palace, Armory and Gabauda Gallery ticket. It is so peaceful and quiet. I don't think that there were ten visitors there, when I went. It's true that 95% or more of its exhibits don't have any information in English; however, for the avid museum-goer, I can't imagine that one could not understand the standard, Italian labels. In any case, the Greco-Roman-Etruscan section, at the end, is quite impressive. The Papyrus of Artemidorus is displayed in its own, special room, and, to my surprise, there is a small Hekateion on display, too. For years, I have only found three other Hekateions, one each, at the following museums: the Vatican's Chiaramonti Museum, Ancient Agora Museum (Athens-GR), and Epidavros Archaeological Museum (Epidavros-GR.) Finding another one here was a real delight for me, but this museum has many other treasures to be seen. I highly recommend it.
Written 5 November 2016
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Anise_R
Santa Clara, CA26 contributions
Uneven museum with a good collection
Jul 2016 • Solo
Thr museum is undergoing renovations and has been for some time. Hence the first section on Roman and Lombard Torino is very up to date, the second third less so, and the last third not so much.

The newest section has dim light, which while atmospheric makes some signs difficult to read. With the Roman inscriptions, most of the time the museum lights are directed perfectly to show the letters in raking light, yet this is oddly not done for every inscription. The videos on recent excavations are very well done, but be advised they lack English subtitles. Signage throughout the rest of the museum is bilingual. One particularly irritating aspect of the new exhibit is the use of projections of actors in modern dress playing ancient figures. They appear to be motion triggered and along with the videos create a noisy environment with too much competing and overlapping audio.

The second section gives a history of the territory from the Paleolithic through the Middle Ages. Some of the best pieces are here, and even though this isn't as up to date in terms of information, it's easier to view the collection here without the odd lighting and sound of the first section.

The third section is a mix, with a new exhibit on the Artemidorus papyrus (which glosses over some of the controversy on this piece) and old exhibits of casts and sculpture. This section is a dead end, so to get out you have to retrace all your steps through the first two sections.

I've seen this museum three times in the last five years. Each time I've found the guards and staff to be exceptionally unfriendly and unhelpful. For an example of a regional archaeological museum done right, go to Brescia or Parma.
Written 29 July 2016
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taffymhd1968
Haworth, UK1,291 contributions
Worth a visit
Nov 2015 • Solo
The museum is included in your ticket when you visit the royal palace and armoury at the Palazzo Madama. Again using your Turin card gains you free entry. Mainly Roman and Greek artefacts but interesting as your down below and you can see how the building was built on top of a Ronan theatre!
Written 27 November 2015
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Sherif K
Ottawa, Canada132 contributions
A Hidden Gem
Oct 2014 • Solo
I was the only visitor in the museum. Its admission price is included in the Palazzo Reale ticket and it is absolutely marvelous. the only downside is that most of the explanations are in Italian but you still get the idea for each room.
The museum is huge and it is divided roughly to three parts; the first one (the most modern with modern lighting and interactive screens) deals with the finds in the region around Turin both Medieval and Roman objects are here. This part includes the treasure of Marengo. The second part is dedicated to a wider range of objects covering prehistory, bronze and iron age. The Third part has a collection of Greek, Etruscan and Roman statues and objects. This part contains the Papyrus of Artemidorus, a unique and mysterious object that is displayed in a special room with an impressive commentary.
Any one interested in History and Archaeology should not miss that one.
Written 1 November 2014
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Dale C
Melbourne, Australia9,633 contributions
Loved parts of it
Jun 2014 • Solo
This lovely museum is covered by the 10 euro Palazzo Reale ticket. The signs were a bit hard to follow but when I saw the remains of the Roman amphitheatre, I knew I was getting close. As soon as you walk in, there is a very interesting display of silver objects found south at Moncalieri. The Torino galleries to the right are beautifully set out in an underground vaulted corridor with rooms going off to each side. The signage in both these galleries was in English and Italian. Then to the left is a newer part called "Archeologia in Piemonte. dal Medioevo, all'eta classica, alla preistoria". It is a big enclosure full of the most interesting collections of coins, glassware, bronzes, pottery, etc - but not one word in English. I wanted to learn about the collection, not just admire it.
Written 15 June 2014
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Catherine P
Chicago, IL46 contributions
Lucky find
Aug 2013
We stumbled upon this museum on our way to something else. Initially the archeological digs in the park drew our attention. The admission price includes admission to this museum, the palace museum, and an art museum. Almost all information is in English and Italian. Great displays of ancient roman artifacts. Since the palace is built on top of the ancient city, you can see a portion of the archeological dig of the amphitheater on the outside, then see another portion (behind plexiglass) from the inside. Very cool.
Written 15 August 2013
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