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!