Art and Culture

How many museums are there in Torino? The city boasts 42 museums, lots of them, showing the history, civilisation, knowledge, international spirit and diversity of the city. 

The Museo Egizio, the second most important Egyptian Museum in the world, is the only one other than the Cairo Museum, that is dedicated solely to Egyptian art and culture.

A more modern form of art is showcased at the National Museum of Cinema, which is located inside the Mole Antonelliana, the symbol monument of the city. An interactive trip through the world of cinema. In the middle of the Mole (tower) there is a panoramic glass lift that rises to the top of the building and from where the whole of Torino can be seen.

On Monte dei Cappuccini, another vantage point, stands the “Duca degli Abruzzi” National Museum of the Mountain, founded in 1874 by the first members of the Club Alpino Italiano to ideally unite the mountains of the world.

Torino’s industrial vocation has its exhibition centre in the MAUTO National Automobile Museum which tells of its history, evolution and the social issues it implied.

But this city is also the Italian capital of today’s – and tomorrow’s art, with international institutions such as the GAM-Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, the Merz Foundation, the Giovanni e Marella Agnelli Art Gallery, the Rivoli Castle Museum of Contemporary Art, the MEF-Ettore Fico Museum and Camera-Italian Centre for Photography.

A discussion of the city’s contemporary art system would not be complete without mentioning “Luci d’Artista”, the open-air gallery that every year displays 29 light installations throughout the city from November to January.