Located in the Palazzo Madama, the Civic Museum of Ancient Art or the Museo civico d'arte antica will have you from the word go. The rooms themselves will leave you slack-jawed in their design and the art they house will leave your eyes hungering for more, making it a tour of both the centuries-old Palazzo itself as well as the art housed in the 35rooms across four floors, exhibiting pieces ranging from curios to fashion to china to art work on the walls and ceilings.
Founded in 1934, the museum is often regarded as the heir of the Pinacoteca Regia and the Galleria Reale, established in Palazzo Madama by King Charles Albert of Savoy in 1832. It was reopened in 2006 after several years of restoration.
The basement, down by the Roman foundations, is where the Lapidario Medievale (the medieval stonework collection) is with stone sculptures and jewellery, while the ground floor pays homage to the 15thcentury castle and to the art of the Middle Ages and of the Renaissance. The Baroque rooms on the first floor contain the art of the 17th and 18thcenturies with aplomb while the second floor gives you a glimpse into the decorative arts of all ages: ceramics, ivories, jewellery, fabrics, glasswork.The expert use of mirrors in the chandeliers of the Palazzo gives the impression of space, making it a heady experience.
The lift to the tower area leads you to the top floor, an open viewing room of the city that is truly stunning.
The cafe is the building dishes up some delicious food and is great to stop by at for a breather, because chances are – you’re going to be browsing through these halls for a couple of hours at least.
Palazzo Madama Travel Tips
- The Turin-Piemonte card grants you free access to the museum.
- The main entrance of the museum is accessible to wheelchairs. The opening of the doors of the entrance is manual, with the doors opening towards the outside.
- There is a mobile lift on the ground floor to overcome some steps and access the Staffarda room.
- The underground parking garages – available for a fee – are in Piazza Castello (“Torre Romana”), in Via Pietro Micca and in Piazza San Carlo.
- Palazzo Madama is within walking distance from Porta Nuova (along Via Roma) and Porta Susa (along Via Garibaldi – about 2 km).
- There are direction boards put up around the Palazzo that have been maximised for Braille users as well, including the numbering in the lift.
- Free Wifi is available, which is commendable, but has resulted in the ground floor being overrun by students who are there for the internet instead of the displays.
- Non-professional photography is allowed, though it is forbidden to use the flash.
- Free loan of wheelchairs.
- Audio-guides for the visually impaired are available and it is possible to book free guides for the same in advance.
Entrance Ticket Details For Palazzo Madama
- The ticket office closes an hour before closing time.
- Admission free on the first Tuesday of every month (if not a holiday).
- Reservations must be made with a minimum of 1-day notice.
- Reserved tickets must be picked up no later than 30 minutes before the confirmed time slot. After this time, reservations will be canceled and you will lose the right to your tickets.
How to Reach Palazzo Madama
- Bus routes 11, 12, 51, 55, 56, 61, 68.
- Tram routes 4, 13, 15, 18.
- Osteria il Torchio
- Caffe delle Scienze
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75.51% of people who visit Turin include Palazzo Madama in their plan
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31.65% of people start their Palazzo Madama visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Palazzo Madama
75.16% of people prefer walking in order to reach Palazzo Madama
Palazzo Madama Reviews & Ratings
A surprising hidden gem in the center of Torino. I don't know why it took me more than 6 months to finally visit this place. Went in without any expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Beautiful architecture and rooms. Great shows and especially Steve McCurry show when I visited. You definitely should visit here and end your tour with going either to the top and see the skyline of Torino or head to the hidden garden in the moat.
Absolutely stunning! Do not miss! I had a fantastic experience. I suppose a lot of places in Italy are very beautiful and this museum is a nice place to appreciate. Try the other museums in the square too. I enjoyed the lovely view at the end and the rooms of ceramics and old manuscripts/books.
This place has historical significance. When you visit the place you are amazed with the architecture and grandeur of the place. People who love the history will definitely enjoy.this place is situated in the center of the turin city.
Great palace full of interesting artifacts and paintings. Many arts and crafts, not just paintings! Lovely cafe.
Good place,have one free day,need search info.