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“An outstanding museum”

Civico Museo d'Arte Orientale
Ranked #31 of 376 things to do in Trieste
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

I enjoyed my visit to this museum very much, even though I'm not into oriental art at all. It's a small collection of beautiful Chinese and Japanese ceramics, Japanese artworks, Chinese silks, plus European imitations, all from local collectors. It's all beautifully presented, the museum is well kept, and the staff are helpful. There's even a lady on the first floor who gives visitors a guided tour for free (I was told, but she was busy when I arrived). The museum is located centrally, just off the main square, Piazza Unità d'Italia. It's small, so there's no restaurant or bookshop, but it's OPEN unlike many museums in Trieste, where you have to call to ask them to open for you. And it's in good shape, unlike numerous Italian museums that are literally about to collapse (e.g. the ceramics museum in Caltagirone).

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

We happened across this little gem by accident. And what a fantastic find. I'm not sure how long this museum has been here, but I've never noticed it before (and I've been to Trieste 4 times already). What's more, it's open over lunchtime - a HUGE bonus in a country where everything grinds to a halt between 12 and 3pm.
What impressed me most is the layout...this truly was a wonderful experience. The layout was clean yet full, informative yet not at all boring, and oh joy: you're allowed to take photos - NO flash though! If I have one criticism it's that the exhibition could have English but one other (German? French?) explanations, as well as Italian....after all, they're trying to attract tourists, aren't they?

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