Civico Museo d'Arte Orientale, Trieste

(4.1/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
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  • The Museum is small, but well organized and allows you to relive a period of history of Trieste, when the ships of the Austrian Lloyd followed the routes to the East and the sailors were carrying on their return objects, prints, furniture, kimono. The exhibits on the four floors of the Museum come mostly from China and Japan; very interesting but also the section dedicated to the sculptures of Gandhara, come to us thanks to the Trieste geologist Marussi that he acquired after the Italian expedition of Karakorum.
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  • It is one of those places you don't expect, located in a historic building, what is not historical in Trieste ..., three floors of art and artifacts. The wonder was, entering, find volunteers who accompanied the tourists in the exhibition rooms. Prestigious artefacts, samurai armor and katanas, paintings and masks, objects of worship and life. a real surprise. a horrible! accessible by stairs and/or elevator, something for everyone!
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  • It is next to piazza Unità. Inside a small building that is spread over three floors, not very well shown as it deserves. Example I'd say rare in Italy of what represents the history and culture of the far East, particularly Japan and China. Rare pieces that the shipping company Lloyd Triestino picked up during decades of transportation of people and goods. The ticket is well spent.
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  • A very nice collection which primarily consists of Japanese and Chinese art (there is also a small selection of Gandharan objects). The explanatory material in Italian and English is very informative and the museum has done some interesting work acknowledging why such a rich collection exists in Trieste in the first place.
  • Trieste was one of the main sea ports of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and thus trade with the Orient was big business. The museum has a lovely collection of ekiyo-e prints from Japan, some gowns, pottery as well as some samurai swords and armour. The items are predominantly from the 19th century. The downstairs appears to be dedicated to the relationship between Trieste and the Orient which was of particular interest and would have been a unique point for this museum. However, it would have been good if the signage in this area could be translated into more languages. I know it is much to expect but would be great to have more details in English. I felt the level of English provided in the other areas was sufficient for me to get an understanding. I do think the museum is missing a trick by not selling some products based around the items they have. Wouldn't be top on my list if only limited time in town but worth visiting if you have an hour to spare.
  • Beautiful museum that increasingly is not expensive. The Japanese side is truly sublime.
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  • Interesting how little known Museum of Trieste, its definitely worth a visit, especially if you are lovers of Oriental art. Spread over three floors offers a wide range of Chinese and Japanese especially objects: vases, clothes, pottery, weapons and even kites! Very wide selection of original designs, including which Hokusai.
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  • Small museum with some valuable pieces.
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