Inaugurated in 1960, the Car Museum in Turin is one of a limited number of museums dedicated entirely to this vehicle in the world, and it is the only one in Italy. It contains a collection of over 170 automobiles which bear witness to the evolution of the car from its origins to the 1980s.
The museum is set in a purpose-built building designed by the architect, Amedeo Albertini. Construction of the building began in April 1958 and it took two years’ work to complete the edifice which is now one of the most important examples of modern architecture. Particular attention needs to be paid to the solution adopted to support the connection hoses between the main buildings and the transverse constructions, in the form of upside-down pyramids, as well as the façade. Indeed, the latter has a convex shape and is held up by an iron truss weighing 60 tons resting on four large concrete and stainless steel pillars.
In addition to the cars, which Carlo Biscaretti put together especially for the opening of the museum, the museum exhibits also include paper documentation, photographs and books donated to the museum by the Canestrini family. One wing of the museum is dedicated entirely to racing cars. The Historic Tyre Room instead houses temporary exhibitions. Lastly, the building also treasures figurative artworks inspired by important people and car makes.
The museum has disabled access, a free covered car park, a bookshop and a cafeteria.
Il museo è dotato di accesso per disabili, parcheggio interno gratuito, bookshop, caffetteria.
What to see in Turin
» Superga Basilica
» Rivalta Castle
» Cortile del Maglio - ex Arsenale Militare (The coolest and most avant-guard night clubs in Turin)
» Galleria Sabauda - Savoy Gallery
» Mole Antonelliana
» Museo Egizio - Egyptian museum
» Museo dell'automobile - Car museum
» Museo della Sacra Sindone - Museum of Shroud
» Orto Botanico - Botanical Garden
» Palazzo Madama
» The Royal Palace - Palazzo Reale
» Palaisozaki & Punti di Vista
» Archaeological park in the "Quadrilatero"
» Turin platform and the Red Arch (La "Passerella" e l'Arco Rosso)
» Piazza Vittorio
» Dora district: Dora Park; Media Village; Environment Park; Chiesa del Santo Volto
» The Spina Centrale: the fountains-Igloo by Mario Merz; Opera per Torino by Per Kirkeby; Albero Giardino by Giuseppe Pennone
Main Attractions in the surroundings of Turin