Museo delle Antichità Egizie, Torino (TO), Piemonte, Italy

This is one of the main museums in Italy, second in the world only to the Cairo museum. The original collection of Bernardino Drovetti, consisting of 5628 Aegyptian items, was purchased by king Carlo Felice of Savoy in 1824, and increased with the excavations performed by Ernesto Schiaparelli in the early 20th century.
Museo Egizio Torino - Piemonte Address: via accademia delle scienze 6, telephone 01 15 617 776 -- Website: http://www.museoegizio.it/

Visiting hours: 8.30 - 19.30 Tuesday to Sunday

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Since its foundation the museum is hosted in a 17th-century palace designed by architect Guarino Guarini originally as a Jesuit school known as the "Collegio dei Nobili", which in the 18th century had become the seat of the Accademia delle Scienze.

The first two museum rooms follow a chronological criterion, with items dating from the ancient reign (2650 - 2200 BC) including the famous Iteti tomb, reconstructed exactly as it appeared to Schiaparelli. Another reconstruction is the Ellesija Temple, donated to Italy by Egypt as a reward for the help given by the Italian state towards the salvage of the monuments in Nubia. An important masterpiece is the statue of Ramses II, dated about 1300 BC, with a peculiar blue crown. On the first floor items are exhibited following a thematic criterion, and includes sections on funerary traditions and everyday life, as well as one large room devoted so the items found in the tomb of Kha and Merit, discovered in 1906.

Many great scholars and researchers of the ancient Aegyptian civilization have studied the Turin collections, among them the Jean-François Champollion, the man who fisrt succeeded in deciphering hierogliphics and is considered one of the fathers of modern Egyptology, who came to Turin first in 1824 and studied the antiquities collected in the museum for long years, and leaving the famous statement "Le chemin vers Memphis et Thèbes passe par Turin".