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Welcome to Palazzo Madama!
Here you will find all the information you need to plan your visit to the Museum. Palazzo Madama is a large historic building that now houses the collections of the Museo Civico d’Arte Antica, Turin’s municipal museum of ancient art. The visit thus consists of two tours in one: you will learn about the history of the building, as well as about the works of art it contains. The visit covers four floors, taking you on a sort of journey through time: in the basement, down by the Roman foundations, there is the Lapidario Medievale – the medieval stonework collection – with stone sculptures and jewellery; the ground floor is mainly devoted to the fifteenth-century castle and to the art of the Middle Ages and of the Renaissance. In the Treasure Tower, you will find the Portrait of a Man by Antonello da Messina. The Baroque rooms on the first floor contain the art of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with paintings and with furniture by Pifetti and Prunotto in lavishly decorated settings. Lastly, on the second floor, you will be able to see the decorative arts of all ages: ceramics, ivories, jewellery, fabrics, glasswork, and much more besides.The Museum was set up in 1861 by the City of Turin to bring together and house the heritage of Piedmont. This is why most of the works in Palazzo Madama come from the region and from neighbouring areas. You will discover the works of great artists and craftsman, which will help you understand the culture and artistic tastes of an Alpine and frontier region which was governed for six centuries by the Savoy dynasty. But there is more to the spirit of the Museum: that of its great masterpieces and one that takes inspiration from the great international museums of the applied arts. The immense collections on this floor were initially set up by the first directors of the museum as a catalogue of models for Piedmontese craftsmen, and they now form one of the greatest collections of the applied arts in Italy. Click here to download maps of the Palazzo, and get ready to embark on a rather meandering journey: you will often need to retrace your steps, with the aid of your map and the signage, in order to go on to the next room. A complete, though not exhaustive visit takes at least an hour and a half, so if you cannot come back soon, plan your visit carefully and choose the areas you are most interested in. Along the way, you will find information about the rooms, detailed guides to the works, and multimedia workstations. You can rent audio-guides at the ticket office, and in the bookshop (on the right as you enter the Palazzo) you can buy guidebooks, postcards, museum publications and more. In the cafeteria (first floor, Gallery Chamber and North Veranda, open during museum opening hours) you can enjoy a drink and a cold dish. Enjoy your visit!
Palazzo Madama – Museo Civico d’Arte Antica
Tel. +39 0114433501
How to get here
Piazza Castello, 10122 Torino – Italy
Palazzo Madama is in the centre of Turin. Traffic is subject to restrictions in certain areas. Look at the City of Turin website for further information.
Click here to see a map.
From the railway station: Palazzo Madama is within walking distance from Porta Nuova (along Via Roma) and Porta Susa (along Via Garibaldi – about 2 km), or you can take a bus: routes 11, 12, 51, 55, 56, 61, 68; trams: routes 4, 13, 15, 18
BusesRoutes 11, 12, 51, 55, 56, 61, 68; trams: routes 4, 13, 15, 18
The car parks – for which a fee is charged – are in Piazza Castello (underground; “Torre Romana”), in Via Pietro Micca (underground) and in Piazza San Carlo (underground car park).
Click here to see a map.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The ticket office closes an hour before closing time.
Admission free on the first Tuesday of every month
Monumental Staircase and Mediaeval Courtyard
Tuesday to Saturday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Single ticket valid all day for the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions:
full € 10 reduced € 8 The following are eligible for the reduced rate: visitors over 65; visitors from 10 to 25 years inclusive; members of associations recognised by Fondazione Torino Musei; groups of at least 20 visitors, upon reservation (a single tour leader, who acts as the contact person, is granted free admission). The following have the right to free admission: minors under the age of 10; persons with disabilities and a member of the family, or an accompanying person who can prove affiliation with the social welfare services; school classes of all grades, whether public or private, upon reservation (accompanying school staff enter free of charge as follows: for nursery and elementary schools: 1 tour leader for every 10 students or fraction of 10; for the first and second years of lower secondary school: 1 tour leader for every 15 students or fraction of 15; groups of students from all university faculties, fine-arts academies and academies of music on study tours, upon reservation; accompanying teachers enter free of charge; active directors of the Founding Institutions; directors and curators of Italian and foreign museums; managerial staff of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage; staff of Fondazione Torino Musei and of the Cultural Services Division of the City of Turin; professional journalists; licensed tourist guides; members of the Amici della Fondazione Torino Musei and other affiliated museums with equal and reciprocal concessions; holders of ICOM cards valid for the current year. Holders of the Abbonamento Musei / Torino Card and other promotional cards offered by the local authorities.
Payment Payment can be made at the ticket office in the following ways:- cash - accepted payment cards: PagoBANCOMAT – Visa – MasterCard
Services for the public (click here to the services pages)
Cloakroom, small-baggage and stroller storage, changing tables, lost property.
Bookings for tours with own guide and with Museum guide: tel. +39 0114433501 from Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Workshop activities from Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., bookings only
For further information and bookings: tel. +39 0114429911 from Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
From Tuesday to Saturday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: included in the Museum admission ticket
Information about current and future exhibitions in the Exhibitions&Events section, or tel. +39 – 0114433501
Free loan of wheelchairs.
Audio-guides for the visually impaired.
On loan at the entrance: audio-guides, audio-guides for the visually impaired, audio-guides for children (a selection of about 100 works with commentary in Italian, French and English) € 3.50
Documentary video on Palazzo Madama in the Mediaeval Courtyard.
Free layout brochure for the permanent collections, detailed information sheets and multimedia workstations along the route of the tour.
Information database on the works in the museum
At the end of the tour, visitors may consult the complete catalogue of works free of charge. There are also multimedia terminals along the tour with in-depth information about the works, people and places of provenance.
Reference-work and study rooms
Contact the sector that interests you – click here to find the organisation chart
Palazzo Madama, ground floor
Palazzo Madama, first floor, Gallery Chamber and North Veranda
Open during Museum opening hours.