Museum of Antiquities
The archaeological museum of Turin retains the name of historical Museum of Antiquities in order to emphasize the continuity of this institution. Its origins date back to the mid-sixteenth century, with the antiquity collections of Duke Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, then increased by Carlo Emanuele I and placed in the gallery, that was exclusively created to accommodate the ducal collections. In 1723 Vittorio Amedeo II, King of Sardinia, commissioned the distinguished scholar Scipione Maffei to arrange the collection of tombstones, along with the existing antiquities, which were placed in the Palace of the University. During the nineteenth century almost all classical antiquities were moved to the palace of the Academy of Sciences, where in the meantime it had found a place, an important collection of Egyptian artifacts: thus was born the Royal Museum of Greek-Roman and Egyptian Antiquities.
In 1940, with the final separation from the Egyptian Museum, stands the new Museum of Antiquities, which since 1982 had found an independent home in the nineteenth century greenhouses of the Royal Palace, where currently the historic core of the collections is displayed. The collections of antiquities of Savoy, which were joined by other international donations and acquisitions, allowing them to trace the evolution of the taste for collecting and testify to the growing interest in archeology in Piedmont.
A new pavilion, created in 1998, includes the section of the Piedmont region. Along the exhibition runs a great trip back in time to meet one after the other, as in the reality of the archaeological excavation, and the many and amazing testimonies of the ancient Piedmont. There is an additional section devoted to the Roman cities of Piedmont and in particular to Augusta Taurinorum in the basement of the New Channel of the Royal Palace, which is a unique connection with the archaeological area of the Roman Theatre.
Director: Gabriella Pantò
Via XX Settembre, 88 - 10122 Torino
Tel. 011 5211106/011 5212251
Fax 011 5213145