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MAO Museo di Arte Orientale, Turin

(4.3/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
Home to one of the most important Asian art collections in Italy, MAO Museo di Arte Orientale is inside the Palazzo Mazzonis. Begin your tour on the first floor with the Neolithic China displays, including bronzes from the Han and Tang dynasties. The second floor showcases Tibetan and Buddhist cultural artifacts. The third displays artifacts from the Arabian Peninsula. The palace also features Japanese statues, paintings and a Japanese rock garden. Our Turin vacation trip planner makes visiting MAO Museo di Arte Orientale and other Turin attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • There are experienced during the temporary exhibition about contemporary Japanese writing so I enjoyed this visit. The Museum is very nice and full of items and really worth visiting, a gem that I did not expect to find in Turin. The morning and the best time to visit it and the location is very good.
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  • It is not advisable to take the audioguide because it adds nothing to the Museum and the explanatory panels and not at all addictive. Apart from this the Museum is really interesting and definitely deserves a thorough visit. Temporary exhibition on oriental carpets (February 2016) was in our opinion the real highlight of the visit.
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  • In the historic centre of Turin in quadrilatero romano area lies the MAO Museum of Oriental art in a historic building. Divided into several sectors on MAO makes you go to the sound of statues memorabilia and other artifacts from the trip to the Middle East without getting bored. Recommended
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  • Amazing collection, with many exhibitions throughout the year. A place to visit over and over again. Its only rival is the Egyptian museum.
  • Nice museum, located in a historical palace in the city center. The museum is divided into five areas: South Asia, China, Japan, Himalayan Region and Islamic countries. There's a nice zen garden in the entrance and a lot of beautiful pieces of art.
  • As someone who is not particularly fascinated with Asian art I enjoyed this medium-sized museum much more than I was expecting. Very well done displays and some pretty impressive pieces that were fascinating. Help desk was incredibly informative and kind describing each of the different temporary exhibitions. My favorite part was an amazing National Geographic photographic exhibition on the Silk Road but I am not sure how long it will be displayed.
  • The location is nice and the permanent collections on the second floor is the most astonishing part of the museum. Unfortunately, Japanese and Islamic areas aren't that big.
  • Mind boggling art Percy's from different parts of the eastern world. There's a collection of Indian sculptures, Japanese art, statutes from different statutes from the rest.