The Turin Automobile Museum is considered one of the most important and ancient car museums in the world. Its permanent collection boasts ancient looms and about twenty engines, and it counts more than 200 cars from 10 different countries and 80 different brands, some of which have now disappeared. Furthermore, a space dedicated to temporary exhibitions could not be missing. Find out below all advice for the visit, prices and how to get there!
- What to see and how to visit the Automobile Museum
- Alfa Romeo Disco Steering Wheel
- Cisitalia 202 SMM Spider Nuvolari
- Italian Eagle Model 25/30 HP
- Bugatti 35B
- Chiribiri Frame Milan
- Dragster The Hawaian
- Ferrari 500 F2
- Fiat Cinquecento Sporting Kit
- Mercedes Benz RW 196
- Volkswagen Type 1
- Hours and prices
- Online tickets and guided tours
- User questions and comments
What to see and how to visit the Automobile Museum
The museum has four floors, from the basement to the second floor, offering an exhibition itinerary divided into large rooms set up, as well as with cars, according to the theme. The thematic areas are three and start from the ground floor up to the second:
- Automobile and the 900;
- Automobile and Man;
- Automobile and Design.
In the basement, on the other hand, there is the Open Garage, a modern space that can be visited only by reservation and hosts another 70 cars arranged in chronological order used for maintenance and restoration as well as for the observation and study of cars. Although the museum's collection boasts over 200 models of inestimable beauty, virtually impossible to list them all, here you are 10 cars that will make you want to visit this extraordinary place!
1 - Alfa Romeo Disco Volante
A sports car with a unique style with a characteristic flattened shape reminiscent of the wing of an airplane and the original bodywork of the Touring of Milan. Based on its experimental prototype, Alfa Romeo built a dozen racing cars, one of which came second in the 1953 Mille Miglia and another that won the 1st Supercortemaggiore Grand Prix of the same year.
2 - Cisitalia 202 SMM Spider Nuvolari
A model designed by the engineer Giovanni Savonuzzi, then technical manager of Cisitalia, as a tribute to the Mantuan driver who drove it in the 1947 Mille Miglia. In the following two years, another 20 examples were built but the one on display is one of the last 10 still in existence.
3 - Italian Eagle Model 25/30 HP
This model is a racing car of the Italian Aquila factory, founded in Turin in 1906 and closed in 1917 despite its solid reputation due to the sporting successes and cutting-edge achievements of the engineer Giulio Cesare Cappa, one of the greatest designers of the time. . The car in question was distinguished by its compact engine with mixed distribution and side exhaust valves.
4 - Bugatti 35B
The car in question is one of the models built in the post-war period with which Ettore Bugatti and his factory achieved fame. A classic car with admirable mechanics that was a great protagonist on the circuits from 1925 to 1930, taking home countless victories such as five consecutive Targhe Florio and several GPs
5 - Chiribiri Loom Milano
After having built some utility cars, Antonio Chiribiri and his factory began to devote themselves in 1919 to more ambitious projects by proposing prestigious and racing models of which this car was the first ever. A chassis worthy of note for its accurate mechanical construction as well as for being the first of this brand.
6 - Dragster The Hawaian
It is a curious vehicle with a large and powerful engine that was made to participate in the acceleration races, then fashionable in the United States. The driver's seat has been set back to ensure maximum grip on the drive wheels, while the frame is reduced to a minimum for maximum lightness. A parachute on the back is used to brake!
7 - Ferrari 500 F2
This is the model made by Ferrari for the 1952 and 1953 World Championship, raced with F2 cars. The car has a 4-cylinder engine designed by the engineer Aurelio Lampredi, independent front wheels and an impeccably styled chassis from the manufacturer. With this car Alberto Ascari won the title of World Champion in both years of the competition.
8 - Fiat Cinquecento Sporting Kit
A Fiat model born in 1993 with a sporty set-up designed for the participants of the Cinquecento Trophy. The car was fitted with a special conversion kit prepared by Abarth which was offered for sale with discounts for the participants of the competition. This has also attracted great interest in five other European countries where their respective national trophies run.
9 - Mercedes Benz RW 196
In its time this car was the most innovative of Formula 1 cars due to its 8-cylinder engine with two spark plugs each, equipped with direct injection distribution and power supply. The model featured two bodies: the traditional one on open wheels and the integral one for racing that involved high speeds. The first victory of this car was the French GP in Reims.
10 - Volkswagen Type 1
It is the famous Volkswagen Beetle, of which 20710000 units were built between 1945 and 1987, obtaining the unsurpassed record of best-selling car in the world. The model was designed by Professor Ferdinand Porsche as a popular car and immediately after the war production took off thanks to its robustness, reliability and excellent value for money.
Hours and prices
The Turin Automobile Museum it is open every day all day except Monday which is the only day of the week with reduced hours in the morning alone. The museum makes no exceptions even on holidays, in fact on these days the opening hours do not undergo any change and even on Mondays the opening hours are extended to the whole day. In any case, however, it is advisable to always check the official communications on the site. As for tickets, the museum starts from a standard rate of € 12,00 but actually offers various reduction possibilities based on age and for groups, school and non-school, plus free admission for children under 6 years old. Here are more details:
- Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00 - Monday from 10:00 to 14:00 with afternoon closure
- Best time to avoid queues: usually from opening until early afternoon and around closing time it is not very crowded
- € 12,00
- Reductions: € 10,00 for the disabled, over 65, children aged 18 to 26, children between 6 and 18 not accompanied by adults and groups of over 15 people - € 2,50 for nursery schools and high schools - € 5,00, 6 for children aged 18 to accompanied by an adult
- Free: children up to 6 years
Online tickets and guided tours
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 10:00, at the latest 11:00
- Online ticket: buy your ticket online for the same price to avoid the queues
- Watch out for restrictions: Some attractions and museums are not allowed to bring water, food and other items, so make sure you don't have any with you and pay attention to the rules displayed at the entrance
- 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 of time
- Guided tour: It is possible to book a guided tour. For more info: ticket and guided tour of the Automobile Museum
Where is it and how to get there
- On foot: the museum is more than 1 hour from the center of Turin, but if you are already near the attraction then you can reach it via Via Prospero Richelmy and Via Gianfranco Zuretti - Get directions
- By bus: lines 34 and 74 to Stop 22 right in front of the museum
- By train: the museum is a 30-minute walk from the Torino Lingotto railway station, reachable by various regional lines. Also near the station is the stop 2603 from which the bus lines that lead to the museum pass
Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief
The Turin Automobile Museum was born to celebrate the "Veterans of the Automobile", those who had held their driving license for at least 25 years, and has been officially open to the public since May 1939.
Given the period of war in Italy, it should be noted that it survived World War II very well, which did not in the least affect the collection during the bombings, however, to the detriment of the library and the archive which were destroyed and dispersed.