If you are passing through the elegant and elegant city of Turin you must definitely visit a magical place: the Egyptian museum. In this place you can make a remarkable space-time jump that will take you to the dawn of Egyptian civilization, to admire its eternal splendor.
The museum, with its soft lights, minimal and modern layouts, is located in one of the most beautiful and ancient buildings of beautiful Turin, the 17th-century Palazzo dell’Accademia delle Scienze,also home to the homonymous academy.
At the entrance to the museum, guests are advised to store their bags in some lockers but can safely introduce slRs and cell phones.
The most important and extremely useful thing is the video guides that allow you to choose the complete or the fast route, depending on the time you have available.
However, we advise you to dedicate half a day only and exclusively to the museum because it is worth it.
The route starts right from this floor and the first thing that will amaze you will surely be the Papyrus of Iuefank, an 18-meter book of the dead.
From here we go to the second floor directly.
]The second floor is organized quite precisely:
- Ancient Kingdom
- Middle Kingdom
- New Kingdom
Again, Tomb of the Unknown and Tomb ofIti and Neferu, the latter particularly evocative, through a series of paintings made by the couple in their funeral chapel. Not just memories of life, but memories of everything the two had seen together. The paintings rest on Pillars, interspersed with monitors projecting the waters of the Nile.
After this walk. you go down to the first floor that houses many different environments that host pieces of collections, also ordered according to precise criteria:
- Late period
- Ptlemaic era
- Roman and late ancient times
Then there is a room dedicated to the Papyri, one to the Sarcophagi, one to the Queens and finally the wonderful tomb of Kha and Merit.
Kha, was an important personality of Egypt, an architect whose tomb was found intact in Deir el Medina (for which there is a special room in the museum that contains many of the finds found in the locality) by egyptologist Ernesto Schiapparelli.
His wife Merit’s funeral kit was also found in the Tomb.
On the ground floor of the museum the magic that can be breathed throughout the building, becomes stronger and more intense crossing the Gallery of Kings. Statues and very high sphinxes, perfectly illuminated dominate the entire room in dim light that does not need any other element or ornament.
Among the sphinxes present, one is particularly famous and apparently was located at the entrance to the shining city of Thebes.
Connected to the Gallery are ellesjia templeand nubian hall.
The temple, one of the oldest in Nubia, was donated from Egypt to Italy, thanks to the rescue work by the museum, as the temple was in danger of being submerged by Lake Nasser.
The Nubian room is therefore dedicated exclusively to finds in Nubia.
In each room you will be amazed by the opulence of the decorations, the precious insulation in the precious wood of the sarcophagi and the visible evolution of the style from one era to another. The papyri, so fragile apparently, so much so that they seem crumbly, have preserved for centuries stories and myths of a civilization whose presence is a “scratch” in history, of those who leave their mark, those who become a peculiarity, a distinctive trait.
Crossing the entire museum, walking through each hall, it seems that, ancient Egypt, the Pharaohs, queens, scribes, slaves are right there and that sphinxes, pyramids and sarcophagi, shake off the sand of the desert to tell stories, lives, wars and parties.
The museum is a pearl of our nation, suitable for experts, enthusiasts, students but also recommended and suitable for children or those who are only passing through Turin.
Leaving Turin without visiting the Egyptian Museum means almost disrespecting it, given the antiquity of the museum and its worldwide fame, but it means above all depriving yourself of an unforgettable experience of pure magic.
The cost of the full ticket is 15 euros.
Children up to 5 years old do not pay entry, while up to 14 years old, they pay 1 euro.
The cost of the wardrobe is 1 euro.
You can also book guided tours for groups and buy tickets online on the official website to which we also refer you for other info: