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“Disappointing!”

Museo d'Arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone
Ranked #54 of 296 things to do in Genoa
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Genoa, Italy
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664 reviews
350 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,266 helpful votes
“Disappointing!”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

It's been a few years since I last visited Edoardo Chiossone museum and I'm sorry to say nothing has changed! It seems the curator has no interest in educating the visitors regarding this admittedly amazing collection of oriental art as the signage remains poor. What information you can locate is often placed on the bottom of statues, near the floor and only in Italian. Over the past three years they have not made any effort to provide any additional information in any other languages, so it's impossible to do anything but just admire the art. But even those visitors understanding Italian will be disappointed at the lack of information. Don't go on an overcast day, as the lighting is poor and it's difficult to appreciate the pieces on the third floor.

Right now they offer a collection of beautiful photographs from India. The only other reason to visit is in the Spring when they host 3-4 concerts in the foyer every Thursday and the cost of admission to the museum is included. The pavement leading up to the museum has been repaved but litter is still a problem and some small areas of the park are off limits. The fountain is no longer functional. It's sad to see it so neglected and without any effort by the curator to improve the information. Shame!

Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great building & grounds, exhibit less exciting”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

Visit on Sunday when entry free. Wonderful view, grounds & interior architecture more than offset less interesting exhibit. Well worth a visit.

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Genoa, Italy
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“Beautiful Setting-OK art.”
Reviewed September 15, 2010

I have visited this museum twice, most recently just a few days ago to see the new exhibition; Animali dello Zodiaco Giappouese. The museum is just off Piazza Corvetto in a small, very pretty park called Villetta di Negro on a hillside. The park entrance is behind a large statue (see picture) and it’s a steep walk uphill (about 5-7 minutes) to the museum. There are great views of the city’s roof tops from the lovely garden and gazebo. The museum is open Tues-Fri 9-1 and weekends 10-7 and admission is just 4EU. Check out the website www.museochiossonegenova.it. Guide books state it has one of the most extensive Asain art collections in Europe, but I find it, a bit cold, not very well displayed and dark. All signage is in Italian which makes it difficult to learn anything about the pieces, if you don’t read the language. There are no brochures offered in other languages. The museum has two sets of stairs (no elevator that I could find) which lead to different areas. The idea is to start up one set of stairs and return down the other, so you may access all the displays over three floors. I enjoyed the block prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) and the many Netsukes on the third floor, but they suffer from poor lighting (I realize low light is to protect the block prints, but it’s just too dark!) I had also hoped that the new exhibition would contain information in other languages, but it’s also only in Italian. Overall, if you are knowledgeable about Japanese, Chinese and Thai art work, this could be your most favorite museum in Genoa, but if you are there to learn or simply enjoy well displayed art, this isn’t for you…or at least it’s not for me! Just an FYI, no café, no museum store, but they do have nice bathrooms in the basement.

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suburban Boston, MA
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“Don't miss the Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art in Genoa”
Reviewed December 28, 2008

Located in a park not far from the museum-row in Genoa, this museum is in a fabulous modern building with an exquisite collection, beautifully displayed.

I can't understand why guide books don't talk about it - this is a 5-star attraction in a beautiful setting.

Of course, you will also see the row of small museums in renaissance buildings about 2 minutes away.

Genoa has a lot to offer!

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“A Japanese wonderous pearl in Genoa”
Reviewed March 17, 2003

COME TO GENOA, AND FIND A BEAUTIFUL, SURPRISING PIECE OF JAPAN , A WONDROUS ORIENTAL PEARL SET INTO A GREEN , ROMANTIC MEDITERRANEAN HILLOCK... THIS IS THE CHIOSSONE MUSEUM!!!!! The Chiossone Museum is open Tuesday to Friday 9.00-13.00, Saturday and Sunday 10.00-19.00.The vast panorama of Genoa from the hilly park surrounding the museum building is breathtaking. The treasury of Japanese Art kept and exhibited in the Museum really deserves a thorough visit. It is interesting that the activities and events held at the Chiossone Museum include not only special exhibitions of Japanese Art, but also an intense calendar of traditional Japanese festivals (matsuri), concerts on special themes, and, recently, also Noh drama performances. The list of specialised catalogues dedicated to various sections of the Chiossone collections amounts to twenty titles. The Chiossone Museum has been the only Genoese museum to be officially visited by a foreign delegation during the World Summit in July, 2001. A major, very successful exhibition of Ukiyoe prints and paintings selected from the museum's celebrated collection has been touring Japan during 2001-2002: 70.000 visitors, and 7.000 catalogues sold.

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