5 Mind-Blowing Museums in Turin, Italy

Ryan Scott Shannon
8 min readFeb 8, 2022

Home to the Second Largest Egyptian Museum in the World

Photo by Narciso Arellano on Unsplash

Since Turin is Italy’s most regal city, you’ll find there are plenty of enchanting, well-preserved museums scattered around town. Not only will you find museums featuring historic cultural gems, you’ll also find modern gyms dedicated to art, sports (especially soccer — if you’re a Juventus fan, you’ve got to visit Turin!) and cinema.

During my years studying in Turin, I even stumbled upon an exhibition that featured real Egyptian artifacts — for free! This was in Officini Grandi Riparazioni (OGR, which I pronounce like the English word “Ogre”) where I would often grab a coffee or slice of pizza for lunch and study with friends.

Luckily, we went on a Sunday (the third Sunday of the month is when all museums are free), so we lucked out and got to explore plenty of Egyptian artifacts and statues for $0.

Be sure to visit at least one museum while in Turin — it’ll make the trip worth it! Turin has always been part of the beating heart of thriving kingdoms and civilizations throughout history; naturally, there’s plenty to see and many types of museums to choose from.

1. Egyptian Museum

Starting off the list is one of Turin’s biggest tourist attractions: The Egyptian Museum. Turin is practically synonymous with the Egyptian Museum, attracting more than 850,000 visitors annually. Unfortunately, I still haven’t ever been, but as I mentioned, I have seen part of the collection at the OGR.

Be prepared to be inundated with everything Egyptology! We’ve all learned about the Egyptians and some of their seemingly strange practices like mummification.

But, it’ll feel like you’ve crossed into a different world and time when surrounded by the more than 30,000 artifacts found in this not-to-be-missed museum.

You’d think a collection this massive would have taken thousands of years to build, but in fact, its genesis was only in 1753 when King Charles Emmanuelle III’s interest was piqued after seeing the Mensa Isiaca. Interestingly, this altar, dedicated to the worship of the goddess Isis, was created by Romans and not Egyptians since adherence to the ancient Egyptian religion was popularized throughout the…

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Ryan Scott Shannon

Digital nomad, I/O psychology student, entrepreneur. Visited nearly 30 countries. Author of 5 books on travel, wellness, mental health. linktr.ee/ryanscottbooks