The Museo d’Arte Orientale or the Museum of Oriental Art is a little bit of a surprise package in Turin – but what an experience it is. The last thing one would expect to find in Turin is a world-class assortment of Buddhist art and artefacts from countries like Japan, China, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Tibet, but there it is, housed in Palazzo Mazzonis, an 18th century aristocratic residence located in one of the pedestrianareas of the old city centre. The collection has often been cited by visitors as being second only to the Guimet Museum in Paris, but there are quite a few of the opinion that it is actually better.
Chances are, it’s going to be deserted but that actually makes for a much more intimate and inspiring visit. The MAO offers quite the holistic experience as besides the treasures from the far Eastern, Himalayan and Ottoman regions, it also urges the visitor to open up to a culture totally at odds with the city that they are in – a push towards broadening your horizons. Truly a cultural anomaly from other museums in the city, it takes you away to a different world with breath-taking exhibits showcased in artful lighting (the Japanese armours on display are a hit with kids). It captures the all-encompassing range of human knowledge and spirituality, making it a humbling and awe-invoking journey.
The staff are attentive and collaborative without being intrusive, and will happily attend to all your intrigued questions and curiosities. Once you’re done with this journey, and are ready for the next one - there's an amusingly decorated music café diagonally opposite (on the corner) where you can sit on 78s while enjoying a light lunch.
Mao - Museo D Arte Orientale Travel Tips
- Try giving the bottom two floors the most time, less for the third one and less again for the top one.
- There is a facility to store your luggage while you take a tour, but it is unguarded.
- Guided tours and activities for schools from Monday to Sunday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Entrance Ticket Details For Mao - Museo D Arte Orientale
- EUR 8 - reduced admission on the first Tuesday of the month, except holidays.
How to Reach Mao - Museo D Arte Orientale
- By train: walk from Porta Nuova (about 1.8 miles) and from Porta Susa (about 1.3km),
- By Bus: from Porta Susa Star two
- New bus line from the door. 52.
- Or from Porta Nuova stop route 7 Torino Centro Bus.
- KM5 Bar Torino
- Las Rosas
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Mao - Museo D Arte Orientale Reviews & Ratings
A really beautiful and we'll organized Oriental museum. Contains art and sculptures from Asia, China, Japan and many other places. A really good experience to see diverse cultures and their art.
One of the best kept museums in Torino. If you are interested in Asia's culture and religions over history, this is the right place for you! I find it very relaxing.
An incredible experience, the exhibition is very special and I highly recommend coming here while you are visiting Turin. From the outside it seems small but then you enter the building and there are 4 huge floors of different cultures (India, China, Japan, Himalaya, Islamic countries) We came around 3pm and we barely saw everything in 3 hours - the earlier you come, the more you can see.
It's okay. I was there for tattoo exhibition and was very nice. Much can be done on lightning, description, path for the artworks.
Thema permanent collection and the Special Show we're excellent