We were in Turin for only a couple of days, however we allocated several hours to visit the car museum . I recommend you to do this, especially if the weather is not very lucky and walking around the city is not very comfortable.
The Turin Auto Museum is not our first auto museum, we previously visited the BMW Museum in Munich , so we unknowingly compared the two museums. The main difference is that the Turin Museum presents cars of more than one brand, and even more than one country of production: in addition to the Italian Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, American, English, German cars, and even our Soviet Pobeda are also presented.
The museum is very dark, had to photograph at the highest ISO, so the photos will be a little grainy, and sometimes quite unpretentious. But their own.
If we talk about the history of the National Automobile Museum (and this is its full name), then, unfortunately, I can’t tell anything new, everything is “on Wikipedia”. It all started in 1932, when a Turin resident Roberto Biscaretti di Rufa and his son Carlo opened their car collection for inspection. In 1939, it turned into a permanent exhibition, and in 1960 the museum was moved to a new building. Now the museum is located in a building owned by Fiat, but until 2007 it was a regular, “stationary” museum, today the automobile museum in Turin is very interactive – various films are shown and information is interactively provided.
As I said above, the museum presents various brands of cars. Most of them are, of course, Italian. It is not surprising, because it is Piedmont that is the birthplace of such brands of cars as Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lamborgini (by the way, all these companies are now subsidiaries of Fiat).
The car museum in Turin has 3 floors, you need to start from the third, the very last. It is there that you can see cars of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These were the very first of modern cars, but sometimes the description of their characteristics is surprising – power, top speed and other parameters are comparable to our Soviet cars!
Next are the more modern – cars of the 30s, and, of course, the revolutionary Italian FIAT MOD. TURBINA and French CITROËN DS 19 (the one that flew in the Fantomas film)
There is such a funny hippie mobile in the collection
And fiat 600
The second floor begins with such an interesting installation.
Here you can also see sports cars and race cars, cars that participated in races, engines and other internal parts of cars (the names and appearance of which are not very attractive to girls, but will be of interest to men).
You can drive in a small trailer, see the stages of car assembly.
There are also interesting modern installations.
The first floor is dedicated to design.
Museum Address : 40 Corso Unita d’Italia, Lingotto Metro Station
You can get from the city center (from the Porta Nuova station) in about 15 minutes, another 10 minutes on foot to the museum through the beautiful clean residential areas of Turin
The official website of the museum in Turin: http://www.museoauto.it/website/index_ru.html There is even some information in Russian.
Opening hours : Monday from 10.00 to 14.00; Tuesday from 14.00 to 19.00; Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Ticket price : 12 euros (there are benefits), children under 6 years old – free of charge. The Torino & Piemonte card tourist card admission is free.
You can leave things in a storage drawer (they are next to the toilets). It’s free, but for the key you need to leave your ID.
The museum also has a cafe and a gift shop.
Read also “5 interesting museums in Turin”