Project Description

Egyptian Museum Torino

Born in 1824, the Egyptian Museum – the oldest museum dedicated to the civilization that developed on the banks of the Nile – boasts the second collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world as well as the most important outside of Egypt. In April 2015, the Museum completed an important renovation project combining the needs of scientific research with those of public use. Currently the museum space presents 3300 objects exhibited according to a chronological criterion ranging from 4900 B.C. to 750 A.D. In the first year of its renovation, the Egyptian Museum welcomed 1 million visitors and is a recognized tourist attraction for the international public.

Photographs published by kind permission of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities Foundation of Turin

Discover the Egyptian Museum of Turin with an expert Egyptologist and bilingual guide: go back in time and relive the luxury and daily life of the pharaohs and queens of Ancient Egypt.
First in the world for foundation and second in importance only to the one in Cairo, the Egyptian Museum of Turin now houses about 300,000 artifacts, with over 26,000 still kept in warehouses for scientific research purposes. Mummies, papyri and funerary finds of the great pharaohs make it an unmissable stop on any visit to the city of Turin.

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities was founded in 1824 thanks to the purchase by King Carlo Felice of a large collection of Egyptian antiquities, from statues, sarcophagi and mummies to papyri, bronzes, amulets and everyday objects, initially put together by the Egyptologist Vitaliano Donati and later enriched by Bernardino Drovetti, consul general of France in Egypt. Thanks to excavations conducted in Egypt in the late 1930s, the collection continued to expand until it reached the extraordinary grandeur of today.

Discover, with the guidance of an expert Egyptologist, the Mensa Isiaca (the first object that came to Turin for the museum, probably built in Rome in the first century AD for a temple of the goddess Isis), the temple of Ellesija (the last object acquired by the museum thanks to a 1970 donation from the Republic Arab of Egypt for Italian support in the rescue of Nubian monuments) and a copy of the Rosetta Stone, now preserved in the British Museum in London.