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This often-overlooked gem of a city, nestled on the doorstep of the Alps, was the first capital of Italy, and thus elegant royal palaces, beautiful museums and luxurious gardens abound. Yet while Turin maintains a reputation as the Baroque city of the North, its modern and fashionable aspirations are evident in its dynamic cultural vein — offering visitors an impressive range of exhibitions and events, covering everything from the Romans all the way to contemporary art.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover

10 Places

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10 Places

Egyptian Museum of Turin

Art Museums, History Museums

Museo Nazionale del Cinema

Speciality Museums

Reggia di Venaria Reale

Historic Sites, Art Galleries, Architectural Buildings

Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Museums

Palazzo Reale

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Museo Nazionale della Montagna

Speciality Museums

Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli

Art Museums

MAO - Museo d'Arte Orientale

Art Museums

Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama)

Speciality Museums

Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile

Speciality Museums

Natalia R's City Tips

  • Most museums offer a free cloakroom/bag check but keeping a one Euro coin or two in your pocket might be handy for lockers at some places.
  • Turin has great public transport: buses, metro, and old-fashioned trams. Try tram number 13 for a true time travel experience!
  • Planning to stay here more than one day? Buy a Torino+Piemonte Card. Several different levels are available, including museum entrance, public transport and a car rental discount.
  • Don't be too loud when walking through museums and galleries; that's the unspoken rule.
  • When you feel overwhelmed by too much art history, take a break at the first "bar" you come across and enjoy an Italian espresso! You might even get a complementary chocolate.
  • Before taking any photos inside a museum or other cultural venue, double-check with staff to find out if you are allowed.
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    Egyptian Museum of Turin
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Natalia R Says:

    The Egyptian Museum of Turin was founded back in 1824 by the Savoy Royal Family and houses an impressive collection across its three floors: mummies, papyrus, and sarcophagus are just some of the treasures you can unearth here! Due to the beautiful pieces on display, and their historical value, this venue is considered to be the most important Egyptian museum in the word after the one in Cairo.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Take your time when walking amongst the spectacular Dante Ferretti statues.
    • Don't miss the human mummies...or the animal ones: including unexpected cats!
    • After your visit, enjoy a beautiful walk along Via Lagrange to Piazza Carignano.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 459 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Exceptional musuem with an amazing collections. 17/06/2018
    • Lots of artifacts, poorly organized with confusing audio guides 17/06/2018
    • Egyptian Museum of Turin
    Address:
    Via Accademia delle Scienze, 6
    Aperto Anche il Lunedi Mattina
    10123 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 561 7776
    Hours:
    Mon
    09:00 - 14:00
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 18:30
    Other:
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    Museo Nazionale del Cinema
    Speciality Museums
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    Natalia R Says:

    Some of the very first Italian film studios were founded here in Turin and from 1903, actors and directors flocked from all over the country to make movies in what was fast-becoming Italy's major film hub. The National Cinema Museum (Museo Nazionale del Cinema) tells the story behind Turin's cinema history, where visitors are actors, directors and viewers all at the same time...

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The museum website is available in several different languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.
    • Feel free to interact with the themed movie sets: cameras at the ready!
    • Tired of walking around museums? Simply lie down on one of the extremely comfortable red chairs in the main hall and enjoy some old movies.
    • Star Wars fans: don't miss the original Chewbacca and Darth Vader costumes!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 459 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth while lengthy visit. 17/06/2018
    • An excellent mueum 13/06/2018
    • Museo Nazionale del Cinema
    Address:
    Via Montebello 20
    10124 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 813 8560
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    09:00 - 20:00
    Wed - Fri
    09:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Reggia di Venaria Reale
    Historic Sites, Art Galleries, Architectural Buildings
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    Natalia R Says:

    An UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, Reggia di Venaria is a charming and fascinating countryside palace, which was built between the 17th and 18th century. While not the main residence of the Savoy Royal Family, they nevertheless commissioned the design of this hunting base to some of the most acclaimed artists of the period — expect lots of white marble, finely decorated ceilings and gorgeous gardens.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Masterpieces on display here include the Hall of Diana and the Church of St. Hubert.
    • The gardens are at their best during spring, while open-air opera and classical shows are hosted throughout the summer. (Check the Teatro Regio season calendar online.)
    • You can reach the palace by the Venaria express shuttle, which leaves from Turin downtown. Check the website for timings.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Venaria Reale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful and magnificent 11/06/2018
    • Needs more work 01/06/2018
    • Reggia di Venaria Reale
    Address:
    Piazza della Repubblica 4
    10078 Venaria Reale
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 499 2333
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Tue - Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art
    Art Museums
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    Natalia R Says:

    Within these precious and historical royal palace walls, you have the unique opportunity to admire a huge collection of contemporary art, featuring some of the most fashionable Italian artists. Both the palace and its masterpieces are must-sees in their own right!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Main treasures: famous igloos by Mario Merz and Venus of the Rags by Pistoletto.
    • Enjoy an amazing aperitivo at the Cafeteria.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Rivoli
    • Take the shuttle! 01/06/2018
    • Amazing castle with contemporary art exhibition 26/03/2018
    • Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art
    Address:
    Piazza Mafalda di Savoia
    10098 Rivoli
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 956 5222
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 - 05:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 07:00
    Other:
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    Palazzo Reale
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    Natalia R Says:

    The Royal Palace is located in the main square of the city, Piazza Castello, which lies at the heart of Turin. It was built during the 17th century as the main residence of the Savoy Royal Family, and its interiors are suitably decorated with luxurious tapestries and beautiful golden, sparkling chandeliers. Surely an unforgettable experience!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Palace is linked to the famous Chapel of the Holy Shroud.
    • For an interesting insight into court life, visit the kitchens. Check the website for opening hours and guided tours.
    • Tickets include the three museums linked to the Palace: Armeria Reale, Galleria Sabauda and Museo Archeologico.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 459 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Grand palace 10/06/2018
    • Sabaudian Gallery Outstanding 08/06/2018
    • Palazzo Reale
    Address:
    Piazzetta Reale 1
    Piazza Castello
    10122 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 521 1106
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    08:30 - 19:30
    Other:
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    Museo Nazionale della Montagna
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    Natalia R Says:

    Founded by the Italian Alpine Club in 1874, this museum tells the story of one of the main natural features of the city: the spectacular mountains, visible from every corner. From the Alps to the Himalayas, the museum recounts the striking adventures of some of the bravest mountain explorers and their tools: old fashioned skis, tents used during K2 expeditions and even artifacts from Nepal.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Spot the Olympic torch from the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games.
    • Don't miss the breathtaking view of the Alps from the top floor — try the binoculars!
    • Tickets include temporary exhibitions.
    • Don't miss the library, located next to the restaurant, with its huge specialized collection on the subject.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 459 things to do in Turin
    • What a view 02/11/2017
    • Nice view, nice location, but zero glamour 25/05/2017
    • Museo Nazionale della Montagna
    Address:
    Piazzale Monte dei Cappuccini 7
    Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 660 4104
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli
    Art Museums
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    Natalia R Says:

    The Agnelli family — owners of Fiat — decided to turn part of their former industrial estate into a cultural venue, and this gallery is located at the very top of their development; within a fascinating building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The gallery displays the Agnelli family's private collection of about 25 masterpieces, which are well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Don't miss the works by Modigliani, Giacomo Balla and Canaletto.
    • Visit the museum's bookshop which stocks a huge range of books of modern and contemporary art, as well as some interesting jewelry designs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 459 things to do in Turin
    • Awful 16/06/2018
    • Do Not Miss If You Love Art 06/06/2018
    • Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli
    Address:
    Via Nizza 230
    10126 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 006 2008
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    MAO - Museo d'Arte Orientale
    Art Museums
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    Natalia R Says:

    One of the newest and most interesting museums in town, MAO displays an impressive collection of Asian arts — with almost 1500 artworks sourced from the five most important areas in Asia, it is fast becoming one of the most important collections in Italy.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Japanese art fans: enjoy the enchanting Hokusai paintings.
    • Check online for temporary exhibitions.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 459 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ninja and Samurai Exhibition plus Japan and Himalayan regions : a fantastic museum. 04/02/2018
    • Bigger than you night think 25/01/2018
    • MAO - Museo d'Arte Orientale
    Address:
    Via San Domenico 11
    10122 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 443 6927
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama)
    Speciality Museums
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    Natalia R Says:

    This attractive museum sits next to the Royal Palace: one side keeps its original medieval castle-like façade, while the other is an outstanding example of late Baroque architecture. Commonly called 'Madame Palace' due to the two queens who controlled its updates and renovations, the palace once played host to all manner of royal events and celebrations, and is interesting inside and out.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy both the Roman and medieval remains: you can easily spot the Roman foundations as well as the beautiful 14th century fireplace.
    • You may spot brides taking their wedding pictures at the superb main entrance designed by Filippo Juvarra.
    • The main treasure inside the museum is the famous Antonello da Messina portrait.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 459 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great visit 28/02/2018
    • Small but Well-focused Museum 22/01/2018
    • Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama)
    Address:
    Piazza Castello
    10122 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 443 3501
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 19:00
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile
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    Natalia R Says:

    Designers and cars have always been part of Turin's history. The Museum of the Automobile (Museo dell'Automobile) displays almost 200 vehicles and is a must for all automobile fans. From the first Italian cars to Schumacher's Ferrari, explore the variety of historic models housed here, including an old Fiat 500, a 1914 Rolls Royce and a 1922 Citroen!

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The museum has a free App with more info about the cars on display.
    • To access the museum, take the metro to Lingotto station.
    • The museum is open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 459 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not sure what the complaints are about? 13/06/2018
    • Car buffs heaven 13/06/2018
    • Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile
    Address:
    Corso Unita' d'Italia 40
    10126 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 677666
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$16
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 19:00
    Mon
    10:00 - 14:00
    Tue
    14:00 - 19:00
    Wed - Thu
    10:00 - 19:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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