The Museum Egizio Turin

As a result of the Egypt euphoria in Europe, at the beginning of the 19th century, numerous collections of Egyptian antiquities and ancient artefacts were established, forming the bedrock upon which the great Egyptian museums and collections were founded. This also included the collection compiled by Bernardino Drovetti. Their sale to the kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont in 1824 led to the founding of the Museum Egizio Turin, the oldest Museum of Ancient Egypt in the world. Thanks to the universal interest in Ancient Egypt and the collections created in many locations the possibility was opened up for people in Europe to have a direct view from which to gather a vivid image of Ancient Egyptian culture. 

Visitors to the Egyptian Museum in Turin are often overwhelmed by around 3,000 exhibition pieces. Constant additional purchases and many years of excavations have increased the inventory to 30,000 objects. The Museum Egizio is one of the few establishments dedicated exclusively to Ancient Egyptian art and culture. It is not without good reason it is considered to be the most important museum of its kind outside Cairo. Today the museum attracts more than half a million visitors annually. Its number of visitors ranks it in the top ten of Italy’s museums. At the moment, the baroque museum building itself is undergoing the second phase of comprehensive renovations and extensions. The re-opening of the Museum Egizio will take place for Expo 2015.


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