Egyptian Museum in Turin

Egyptian Museum in Turin: the history

The Egyptian Museum of Turin is the oldest museum in the world, entirely dedicated to the Nilotic civilization. In fact, for the value and quantity of the find considered one of the best. The most important in the world after the one in Cairo. One of the most visited Italian museums annually hosts Egyptian works instead of Italian it’s really funny to think about that .

In 1824 King Charles Felix of Savoy founded the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Turin, better known as the Egyptian Museum. The king acquired a collection of 5,628 exhibits from Bernardino Drovetti, the French consul during the occupation of Egypt. 

The king then put together the various collections. Purchased by Drovetti with others including that of Donati and with other antiquities owned by the House of Savoy. Thus giving life to the first Egyptian Museum in the world with headquarters in Turin.

The Egyptian Museum of Turin now has a new seat in the Palace of the Academy of Sciences. An imposing seventeenth-century building. Its construction began in 1679 by the architect Michelangelo Garove on the original project of Guarino Guarini. 

The renovations

After many renovations and extensions. On April 1, 2015, the Egyptian museum was completely renovated and reopened.

But with an exhibition area more than doubled, an exhibition hall, and areas for teaching. The division of the structure now consists of four floors. They have also created a chronological path for visitors, thus building a true story within it. In addition, an important library as a new area you can find it in the museum. Also some spaces for restoration and study of mummies and papyri.

Since June 2015 it has been participating in an international archaeological expedition to Egypt. Today in the Museum you can find about 6,500 archaeological finds. But more than 26,000 are unfortunately stored in warehouses. The exhibits cover a period from the Palaeolithic to the Coptic era, that means the era of the native Egyptian Christians.