Turin’s Egyptian Museum unveils €50m revamp

Turin's Egyptian Museum on Wednesday unveiled its €50 million revamp, marking the successful end of a five-year project which aims to boost the city’s cultural integration efforts.

Turin's Egyptian Museum unveils €50m revamp
The new-look Egyptian Museum hosts artefacts dating back to 4000 BC. Photo: Egyptian Museum

Culture Minister Dario Franceschini was among the first to tour the corridors of the new-look Egyptian Museum, which hosts artefacts dating back to 4000 BC.

After five years of restoration work, during which time visitors were granted access to just a part of the Baroque building, the museum now extends its collection over four floors.

One of the highlights is the coffin gallery, where a number of ancient mummies have been worked on by the nearby Venaria Reale Restoration Center. The Turin museum also sought help from the Vatican Coffin Project, which involves Paris’ Louvre Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, to manage the mummies.

Photo by Egyptian Museum

Much emphasis has been placed on the Egyptian Museum’s multimedia efforts, an area the culture ministry is keen to bring into exhibition spaces across Italy. There are virtual reconstructions, videos about excavations and multilingual guides.

With many Italian museums only just getting to grips with providing English-language displays, Turin is a step ahead and has introduced Arabic-language texts.

While the choice is a linguistic nod to the artefacts’ homeland, the museum’s director, Christian Greco, said the institution also aimed to open up to immigrants.

“It is also our duty to reach out to the new Turin, and the new Italy as a whole, that is, to the recently immigrated communities,” he said, adding the museum would become a meeting point for different ethnic groups in the city.

“The collections we have put on display will provide them with an opportunity to become familiar with fragments of history belonging to the whole world, and with many points of contact with North African societies,” said Greco.

Photo by Egyptian Museum

Although it is missed off many tourist jaunts through Italy, Turin and its Egyptian Museum have long since drawn in the crowds.

Despite being partially closed in recent years, the museum attracted 567,688 visitors in 2014. The figure tops that achieved in 2006 when the city hosted the Winter Olympics, demonstrating the increasing popularity of Italy’s first capital city.

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Turin chosen to host Eurovision Song Contest in 2022

The next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2022 will be held in the northern Italian city of Turin, organisers confirmed on Friday.

Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP

“Turin has won the race to become the host city of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, having triumphed over 16 other competing bids,” read a statement on the contest’s official website.

“The Grand Final will be held in PalaOlimpico on Saturday 14 May with Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.”

“We won! Turin has won!” mayor Chiara Appendino wrote in a celebratory post on Facebook.

Italian state broadcaster Rai said Turin had beaten off competition from the cities of Milan, Bologna, Rimini and Pesaro to host the event.

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Turin will be the third Italian city to host the event after Naples (which hosted in 1965) and Rome (1991), after Rome-based rock band Måneskin’s victory in Rotterdam earlier this year with the song ‘Zitti e buoni’.

That event, watched by 183 million people, was Italy’s third Eurovision win and its first for three decades.

‘Turin is the perfect Host City for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest,” said Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl.

“As we saw during the 2006 Winter Olympics, PalaOlimpico exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale and we have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment from the City of Turin who will welcome thousands of fans next May.”

“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Italy in 30 years and, together with our Host broadcaster Rai, we are determined to make it a special one.’

Turin was home to the 2006 Winter Olympics and is hosting the ATP Finals tennis tournament next month.