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3 Luglio 2019

Tv, Oriente and Risparmio: museums worth being discovered

In Turin there are three places that will allow you to discover the history of the means of communication, the civilizations of faraway peoples and how to spend your money in the best way

Giovanni Mauriello (translation by Chiara Gariglio)

Museo di Arte Orientale

The Museo di Arte Orientale

We all know about the great beauty of the Museo Egizio, just like we have all been at least once to the Museo Nazionale del Cinema and to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna. However, there are other museums in our city that not everyone knows about and which represent real gems of the Turin scenario.
We are talking about the Museo della Radio e della Televisione, the Museo di Arte Orientale (Mao) and the Museo del Risparmio: the perfect places to suggest to a friend visiting Turin or for those who usually only visit the most popular attractions even though they live in Turin.

It is located in the Centro di Produzione Rai di Torino (in via Verdi 16), and it is a little gem where a media lover can really be amazed by the 1,200 rare objects, materials and technical-professional equipment exposed in the showcases. What really attracts the visitor is first of all the tour, which goes back over the steps of the evolution of the means of communication that characterized the last two centuries in a chronological order. A recurring theme during the visit is the corporate history of Rai, intertwined with that of the country which therefore makes us feel like protagonists of a segment of history.
The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7pm (last admission at 6pm). A big plus is the free entry to the museum and the possibility to book guided tours for groups by emailing museoradiotv@rai.it.

In the heart of the city (via San Domenico 11) there is also a bit of Eastern culture. Among the most recent institutions in Turin, Mao boasts a great number of art works (about 2,200) coming from southern Asia, South East Asia, China, Japan, Himalayan region and Islamic countries.
In addition to permanent collections, the museum organizes temporary exhibitions that cannot be missed.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, on week days from 10am to 6pm, on the weekends from 11am to 7pm.

The most unusual and certainly the most innovative of the three above mentioned, the Museo del Risparmio (via San Francesco d’Assisi, 8/a) has a very clear goal: to teach people how to avoid wasting money and, therefore, how to learn to save money. It is called financial literacy and it is a real skill; in order to acquire it, you simply need to follow the tour suggested by the museum, which involves seven steps: know, understand, tell, dream, experience, save and score. In this last room, visitors can do a self-evaluation and understand their own saving skills.
The museum is open everyday (except Tuesday) from 10 am to 7pm and the most commendable aspect of this place is that it is a participatory museum, in fact events, focuses and workshops are continuously organized to suit everyone, from children to adults.


In collaboration with Study in Torino


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