The National Cinema Museum of Turin is an extraordinary one journey through the history of cinema which starts from when the cinema did not exist up to the present day. IS' housed inside the Mole Antonelliana and its collection includes various works including films, photographs, documents, prints, records and much more, which will make you discover how big the world of cinema actually is. Here are our tips for the visit, prices and how to get there!
- What to see and how to visit the National Cinema Museum
- Archeology of Cinema
- Photo Library
- Posters and Advertising Materials
- Cinema Memorabilia
- Film library
- Historical Archive
- Video library
- Sound library
- Hours and prices
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- User questions and comments
What to see and how to visit the National Cinema Museum
The National Cinema Museum develops following the shape of the Mole Antonelliana, then spiraling upwards and with an exhibition arranged on several levels. The proposed itinerary is interactive in such a way that the visitor can discover firsthand and touch everything related to the world of cinema. The thematic areas that compose it are 10 (Archeology of Cinema, Photo Library, Posters and Advertising Materials, Cinema Memorabilia, Apparatus, Film Library, Historical Archive, Library, Video Library, Sound Library) and each of these contains large numbers of cinema-related memorabilia and objects. Here's what awaits you in each area of the museum!
1 - Archeology of Cinema
This area tells how audiences were cheered before cinema was born with stories, Chinese shadows, optical boxes, magic lanterns and devices to animate images. A varied collection enriched by prints, paintings, ceramics and other rare iconographic finds.
2 - Photo library
It contains over 1.000.000 images, a rich collection that traces the history of cinema and photography through the shots of important photographers who have "captured" moments on stage, on the set, portraits of actors and directors, silent films and Italian and foreign sound.
3 - Posters and Advertising Materials
About 535.000 objects including posters, playbills and promotional materials, in a collection that documents, in addition to the history of cinema, also that of the poster design created by great designers for the advertising of upcoming films.
4 - Cinema Memorabilia
It is a collection designed to better understand the various stages of production and is in fact made up of materials of various kinds such as stage costumes, set and pre-production objects, sketches for sets, animation drawings, masks and models that have now become also highly sought after collectible art pieces.
5 - Appliances
An unmissable area, dedicated to cinematographic and photographic equipment in which there are machines and accessories of all kinds such as cameras, projectors, laboratory equipment, cameras, enlargers, viewers, stereovisers and much more as a testimony of the making process of a film .
6 - Film library
The most significant collection of the museum, a rare and precious heritage established in 1942 when the founder bought the first film. Today it has more than 30.000 films in film and other formats from the most disparate eras and film genres.
7 - Historical Archive
This archive is a documentary of contents of inestimable richness in the world of cinema as it preserves unique and unpublished elements including thousands of testimonies of the life and activity of companies, directors, screenwriters, actors and technicians of silent and sound cinema, both Italian and abroad.
8 - Library
The library is the most prestigious documentation center on cinema and photography in Europe due to the vastness and variety of its heritage, which includes 45.000 monographs and 104.000 magazine issues. Of particular importance are the collection dedicated to Piedmontese photography and the collection of Italian silent film magazines.
9 - Video library
It offers the public the choice of thousands of films, from Hollywood classics to Italian masterpieces, passing through silent films, great authors of European cinema, advertising films and animated films.
10 - Phonotheque
A catalog of 3.000 cinema-related discs containing the soundtracks of hundreds of films by great composers such as Morricone, Bernstein and Goldsmith. The collection also includes the original voices of famous actors and actresses who sing and act, such as Totò and Greta Garbo.
Hours and prices
The National Cinema Museum it is open every day except Tuesdays and remains open even on public holidays with reduced hours a couple of hours. The full cost of the museum is € 11,00 but there are reductions for young people, groups and school groups. Furthermore, access is free for children and for those who have purchased the Piemonte Card pass or the Turin Museums Subscription. Anyone can request at the entrance the multimedia guide at a cost of € 5,00.
- Wednesday to Monday from 9:00 to 20:00 / Saturday until 23:00 - Tuesday closed
- Best time to avoid queues: between 9:00 and 11:00 and between 18:00 and 20:00
- € 11,00
- Reductions: € 9,00 for children between 6 and 26 years and for groups of at least 15 people - € 3,50 for school groups
- Free: children under 6 and holders of the Piemonte Card or the Turin Museums Subscription
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 9:00, at the latest 10:00
- Buy the city card: if you are interested in visiting other museums or attractions in the city, you can buy the Piemonte Card or the Turin Museums Subscription to save on admissions
- Online ticket: Combined ticket: Mole Antonelliana lift + Cinema Museum + tourist bus tour
- Pets: pets are allowed inside the museum as long as they are small in size, while medium and large sizes must stop on the ground floor of the Mole Antonelliana
- Panoramic Lift: to go up to the museum we advise you to choose the panoramic lift and enjoy the view offered by the Mole Antonelliana. You can add it to the museum ticket for a total of € 15,00 full price and € 12,00 reduced
- Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of 2 hours for the visit. The ideal would be to be able to dedicate 2 and a half hours
Where is it and how to get there
- On foot: thanks to its central position in the city, you can reach the Mole Antonelliana, and therefore the museum, in a few minutes on foot via the main road Via Po and then continuing on the small street of Via Gaudenzio Ferrari or Via Giuseppe Verdi which lead to Via Montebello on which the attraction is located - Get directions
- By bus: lines 6, 18 and 68 to the Verdi stop
- Tram: line 16 to the Palazzo Nuovo stop
Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief
The idea of this museum was born in 1941 by the history and cinema scholar Maria Adriana Prolo who initially exhibited the material in a room of the Mole Antonelliana granted by the municipality of Turin.
The exhibition on levels that can be admired today is instead the work of the set designer François Confino who made the most of the characteristics of the building following the Antonellian crescendo which also allowed him to play with the mechanisms of fascination at the basis of cinematic representation.
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