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MAO - Museo d'Arte Orientale

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Address: Via San Domenico 11, 10122 Turin, Italy
Phone Number: 011.4436927
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Description: The MAO - Museum of Oriental Art opens in Turin proposes creative work...
The MAO - Museum of Oriental Art opens in Turin proposes creative work from different cultures not only to carry out the vocation as a place for conservation and exhibition, but also to induce the visitor to broaden their horizons.The MAO is also proposed as a means of mediation for the visitors generally away from the conceptions and cultural climates in which the works on display are for. The museum aims to inspire visitors in new ways of thinking and representation to full awareness of how precious every expression of human knowledge.
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Small but lovely venue

Right now there is a National Geographic temporary photographic exhibit here which is very worthwhile being a contemporary journey based on the original route that Marco Polo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Milan, Italy
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Milan, Italy
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141 reviews 141 reviews
57 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Right now there is a National Geographic temporary photographic exhibit here which is very worthwhile being a contemporary journey based on the original route that Marco Polo took. The rest of the museum has an excellent collection of oriental art, statuary and tapestries. Definitely a worthwhile venue to visit.

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Turin, Italy
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27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Right now there is the Marco Polo expo.. and.. gosh. What a beauty. It was breathtaking, amazing, beautiful. The permanent exposition is interesting and well done. Everything is explained pretty well and the location is very nice! To do!

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Turin, Italy
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25 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

It's not very famous and it's not very big but definitely worth a visit, also because you don't frequently find museums of Oriental art out of Asia. The exhibits are beautiful and well displayed, catalogued and commented. Almost each object has its own explanation. Presently there is an interesting exhibition on Chinese horses and another one is opening. The permanent... More 

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Monopoli, Italia
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Many people in Turin go to the most famous Egyptian Museum. I think this museum has the same value! Many artifact and relic from China, Japan, East Asia, Tibet and Persia... Very nice, but I suggest to visit museum whit a guide.

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Turin, Italy
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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This museum is fantastic! Right when you enter, you find yourself in a Japanese garden, and every room that follows is beautifully set up and full of information. There is always an exhibit, and the permanent collection is excellent. The museum has 4 floors, each representing different cultures and geographic areas, and the staff is wonderful - very friendly and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This museum is not on most tourist's radars when visiting Torino, but it is a wonderful and surprisingly impressive facility. The exhibits are impressive, well-presented and professionally displayed. The collection is varied and interesting. The space is relaxing and invites contemplation. Unlike many other museums in Italy, there is signage in English for all the displays; there are professional brochures... More 

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Munich, Germany
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The museum is a must see if it happens that you visit Torino. You will find a marvelous collection in a marvelous display: the museum is full of very well-made and informative captions, explaining you the most important (and also the less known) things about the objects exposed. Both experts and newbies will be fascinated by the beauty of the... More 

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Surrey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We were recommended to visit this museum by relatives who live locally. It has many exceptionally fine things, very well presented. There are four floors of them, however, each displaying exhibits from a particular part of the East; you can't do them all justice unless you allow at least two hours. Our tip: allow most time for each of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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175 reviews 175 reviews
38 attraction reviews
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Even the building, a palace is nice. We were the only visitors and that alone made it special. By the way, all the museums, visited in Turin were a pleasure to see as no crowds encountered in any of them. Staff, eager to help. Presentation In ENglish is exemplary. J Fisher

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The last thing I would have expected in Turin is a world-class collection of Buddhist art from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Tibet, but here it is, second only to the Guimet Museum in Paris and in my opinion actually better. Charmingly displayed - not what you might expect yourself to be doing while in Italy but if this interests you... More 

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