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MAO - Museo d'Arte Orientale
Ranked #28 of 425 things to do in Turin
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is a treasure trove of Himalayan, Ottoman and, above all, Chinese treasures. The displays are well arranged and there are ample informative explanations, many in English as well as in Italian. And when you've finished, there's an amusingly decorated music café diagonally opposite (on the corner) where you sit on 78s while enjoying a light lunch.

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Reviewed April 25, 2013

There are not many museums in Italy entirely devoted to the arts and cultures of Asia, and while other may have richer collections none is better organized and structured than the Turin MAO. Some sections are really outstanding, such as those devoted to Gandhara and Tibet, but the whole exhibit is up to the better museographical standards. The building itself is remarkable, an 18th century aristocratic residence located in one of the more lively parts of the old city center. It's a pedestrian area, so forget about driving. There are not so many visitors, which is a pity, but also a blessing for the happy few.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Only last month I had the chance to visit this museum opened in 2006. I was so surprised, even if I knew that was excellent... A fine barocco palace hosts many priceless collections of Oriental Art, from Persia to Japan, passing fron India and Chine.
The set-up is really so refined that some exibiton halls are breath-taking and ighting is perfect to point out the masterpieces of this Museum.
Staff are attentive, kind and collaborative in suggesting hints to enjoy the visit.
Absolutly not to be missed if you are in Turin!

Thank nightsquirrel
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

The atmosphere is really special. I must say I am not an expert in far eastern art, but the museum rooms are intimate and inspiring. Everything in the display has been carefully planned, particularly the lights. Maybe the quietest place in Turin. Go visiting it before they shut it down for lack of public money.

Thank stefanotorino
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

it's a small museum but it gives you an overview on oriental art. The kids like the japanese section, with 3 japanese armours

Thank Rara G
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