Museo Egizio di Torino / Egyptian Museum of Turin

Torino might not have Coliseum or the canals but once you get into there are loads of really great and kind of random things to do here such as the Egyptian Museum. An Egyptian Museum in Italy might seem really strange but the museum in Torino is the second largest Egyptian Museum after the one in Cairo. Being the history nerd that I am, this was one place that I definitely wanted to see while I was in Torino. The museum has undergone major renovations and just a week or so ago has fully reopened all the exhibits. So this seemed like the perfect time to go, unfortunately I think everyone else in Torino had the same idea. The entrance to the museum is down a small pedestrianized street and when I got there the line stretched from the museum front doors to the end of the road, thankfully they were letting people into the museum in groups so that line went quite quickly. The line for tickets inside on the otherhand didn’t go as quickly. It gave us a good chance to catch up on what we had done on Saturday night and pray that the museum was worth the wait. You can also buy your tickets online from the museum website, which I would recommend unless you want to wait.

I’m a big lover of museums but I’m not a big fan of going to museums in groups. I like to take things at my own pace spending longer at some things and blitzing others. The group quickly separated and we went on our own Egyptian adventures. I now realise that a Sunday so soon after the museum reopened was probably the stupidest time to visit everywhere was packed and it made it difficult to see some of the exhibits and artifacts. This is by no means the museums fault but a lack of planning on our part.

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The museum spreads over three floors and there are a remarkable amount of artifacts in the space. The visitor’s path starts with the history of the museum and Italian Egyptology on the ground floor before moving upstairs following Ancient Egyptian history from the Old Kingdom to the Roman period.

Give yourself a few hours to see everything and go on a weekday to avoid the crowds.

Kx

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