MAO - Museo d'Arte Orientale

MAO - Museo d'Arte Orientale, Turin: Hours, Address, MAO - Museo d'Arte Orientale Reviews: 4.5/5

MAO - Museo d'Arte Orientale

MAO - Museo d'Arte Orientale
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,679 contributions
Jun 2020
MAO is usually neglected by the tourists although it is in the historical center and is too overshadowed by the other well known points of interest of Turin, such as Museo Egizio, Mole Antonelliana and Musei Reali, without a valid reason, in my opinion. It is not as big as those mentioned above but it is unique by itself with great exhibits that cannot be seen often from Japan, China, India and many other countries/regions from the Orient.
Lots of items are on display, varying from ancient manuscripts, folk costumes, fabrics, statues of various gods, weapons, pottery, etc. Awesome were the Samurai armor and the Ninja weapons. Tons of information in Italian and English, perfectly arranged exhibitions in different halls as per the area the artefacts came from with 5 main areas - Japan, China, the Himalayan region, South and South-East Asia and the Arabic world.
This cute museum is housed in a historical building - Palazzo Mazzonis - which was the Turin residence of 2 branches of one of the most important Piedmontese families - the Solaros.
I can say we spent a wonderful couple of hours in MAO!
Written May 25, 2021
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ValerioDM
Udine, Italy714 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Very special exposition of original pieces of oriental art made with stone, wood, iron, broze, gold, paper, cloth and human bones (see pic).
Pieces are organized by historical period and geographic area.
Written July 27, 2020
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ValerioDM
Udine, Italy714 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
Four floors of a peculiar exposition of many pieces of art manufature from India, China, Japan, Himalaya and Islam area.
A quick tour in oriental arts.
Take tour time to read info and description about shown pieces and historic explanations.
I suggest to get a guide or at least an electronic one.
Written September 14, 2019
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Marina
Santa Fe, NM174 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
I visited this museum a couple of years ago and this time did not get there, but it is worth a visit as their asian arts are a treat.
Written June 18, 2019
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GIllyowl
Worcester, UK174 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
I knew there were Samurai armour here which is why I visited.

The museum is divided into 3 floors
China and Japan
Himilayas
Islamic

I was expecting to see some of the lovely Chinese brush paintings, maybe some kimonos etc

But there was just lots of pots.

It was extremely hot in the museum too.

€10 was a lot of money for what was on display.
Written May 16, 2019
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CRISTINA Z
Bucharest, Romania45 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
It is not a large museum, but it worth the visit. Some interesting items from diverse asian countries.
Written April 5, 2019
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Cesare
Turin, Italy6 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
The museum is beautifully arranged in the old medieval town. The explanations are very well done: a lot to learn. The objects are well located in their environment and history.
The mix of Hellenistic and Indian cultures in the Gandara section is one of the most astonishing museum sections in the world
Written September 30, 2018
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Syd M
178 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
This was a very interesting museum and has a nice sample of artefacts across the region. Not big, but good quality. The special exhibition was interesting.
Good English translations for English speakers.
Nice toilets too!

I spent about 2.5 hours to see it all

Worth going to, especially if you haven’t seen much oriental before.
Written August 22, 2018
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Jose H
1,154 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
This museum displays works of art from the middle and Far East. The collection has some exception pieces; explanations are provided in Italian and English
Written July 7, 2018
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Fulvio Merlo
Turin, Italy100 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Attracted by the Ninja and Samurai Exhibition, we went visiting the MAO this afternoon.
The spacial exhibition about samurai is fantastic, there was a person dressed as a samurai and another one as ninja really fantastic, plus the swords and armors.
The information panels quite clear and properly explaining the different aspects and characteristics of the artifacts exposed.
We then continued the visit with the permanent exhibitions about Japan and Himalayan regions : very nice and fatntasic as well
Written February 4, 2018
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