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The South Asia Gallery on the first floor includes art exhibits representing India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan including a group of friezes discovered during archaeological excavations in the 1950s, schist sculpture and stucco pieces from Gandhara, and Indian stone sculptures dating back to 2nd century BC.
The Southeast Asia Gallery consists of private donations to the city of Turin before the museum came into existence. A few artworks include the Khmer sculpture, Burmese statues, and stone, bronze and lacquered wood sculptures from Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia.
Located on the first floor, the China Gallery houses one of the largest and most comprehensive art collections in Italy. The collection spans the period between 4000 BC to the 10th century and focuses on funerary art in ceramics, wood, stone, and bronze, which was a significant part of Chinese civilization. Artworks include weapons, ornaments, ritual bronzes, celadon products, stoneware from the 3rd and 4th centuries, and figurative earthenware.
Located between the first and second floors, the Museum of Oriental Art’s Japanese art collection includes ukiyo-e prints acquired in the 1980s, rare monastic robes, kesas, examples of Japanese Buddhist statuary spanning from the 11th century to the 17th century, a pair of tenno, a 230-cm high temple statue of Kongo Rikishi, and two pairs of sixfold screens dating back to the 17th century. The gallery houses a traditional tea room and also exhibits prints, illustrated books, paintings, lacquer, and inro on a rotational basis.
Located on the third floor, the Himalayan Gallery is dedicated to Buddhist art from Ladakh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, and Tibet. Spanning from the 7th century to the 19th century, the collection depicts the Tantric version of Buddhism and its esoteric art forms. The collection includes a Tibetan collection of thangka of deities dating back to the 15th century, gilded bronzes, metal statues, rare paintings, carved and painted book covers, ritual objects, and more.
Located on the fourth floor of the museum, the Islamic Gallery exhibits artworks representing Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and the former Soviet Central Asian republics. The collection consists of the artistic production of fabrics, ornamental tiles, bronzes, manuscripts, ceramics from the Abbasid era, and Ottoman velvets owned by the Civic Museum. All these objects are culturally significant because they explore Islamic art, which is characterized by symmetry and geometry in all its forms.
The restoration of Palazzo Mazzonis and its transformation from a Baroque palace to the Museum of Oriental Art took five years to complete. The idea was to keep the existing features, which is why facilities were installed in less important sections, an underfloor heating system was used, and piping lines were placed in existing ducts. Two Japanese-inspired dry and wet gardens were created at the entrance courtyard. Fire detection and protection, lighting, video surveillance, audio system for emergency evacuation, climate control, sanitation, and plumbing systems were also put in place.
The Museum of Oriental Art Turin is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM. It remains closed on Mondays.
Last Admission: 5 PM
Address: Via San Domenico, 11, 10122 Torino TO, Italy
By bus: Board buses 11, 19, 27, or 51 and get off at Porta Palazzo Sud. The museum is a 4-minute walk from the bus stop.
By tram: Take trams 4 or 7 and get off at Duomo - Musei Reali. The museum is a 6-minute walk from the station.
By car: You can also drive down to the museum. Paid parking facilities are available in Piazza Castello, Piazza Emanuele Filiberto, Santo Stefano, and Piazza Albarello.
By train: Take the train and get off at Porta Nuova or Porta Susa stations. The museum is a 15-minute walk from there.
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A. Yes. Museum of Oriental Art Turin tickets are available online.
A. Yes. You can book Museum of Oriental Art Turin tickets in advance.
A. The tickets to the Museum of Oriental Art cost €8.
A. Yes. The Museum of Oriental Art tickets include skip-the-line access to the attraction.
A. Yes. Guided tours are available at the museum.
A. You can cancel your tickets up to 24 hours before the scheduled date and get a full refund.
A. Those between 18-25 years of age or above 65 years, groups comprising over 20 visitors, City Sightseeing Torino tourist bus ticket holders, and members of associations that are recognized by the Fondazione Torino Musei enjoy discounted ticket rates to the museum.
A. Museum of Oriental Art is known for its vast and fascinating collection of over 2200 artworks from across Asia. From Chinese, Indian, and Buddhist art to archaeological finds from the pre-Islamic period, the museum has preserved it all.
A. The Museum of Oriental Art is spread over three levels.
A. There are five galleries at the museum - South Asia and Southeast Asia Gallery, China Gallery, Japanese Gallery, the Himalayan Gallery, and the Islamic Gallery.
A. Yes. The museum is wheelchair accessible. Those with reduced mobility can also avail free wheelchairs at the entrance. Contact the museum in advance informing them of your needs.
A. The best time to visit the museum would be in the early hours right when it opens or just before closing time if you want to avoid crowds.