National Museum of Cinema

Turin, Italy

The National Museum of Cinema (Museo Nazionale del Cinema) located in Turin, Italy, is a motion picture museum fitted out inside the Mole Antonelliana tower.

The museum houses pre-cinematographic optical devices such as magic lanterns, earlier and current film technologies, stage items from early Italian movies and other memorabilia.

Along the exhibition path of about 3.200 m2 on five levels, it is possible to visit some areas devoted to the different kinds of film crew, and in the main hall, fitted in the temple hall of the Mole (which was a building originally intended as a synagogue), a series of chapels representing several film genres.

The museum keeps a huge and growing collection of film posters, stocks, and a library. A movie screen located in the Massimo multiplex, near to the museum, is reserved to retrospectives and other museum initiatives. The museum hosts several film festivals, the major and most prestigious of them being the Torino Film Festival.

Inside the museum there is also a panoramic elevator (opened in 2000) with transparent glass walls, that cover its 75 meters ride in 59 seconds, in the single open space span of the building, without middle floors, up to the 'small temple' which gives a 360 degrees panoramic view of the city. It is the museum with the biggest vertical extension of the world.



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Via Montebello 20, Turin, Italy
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Founded: 1958
Category: Museums in Italy


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User Reviews

Spencer Hawken (2 years ago)
Love the cinema museum, a real highlight for any visitor, this was my second visit, I came specifically for the Dario Argento exhibit and it did not disappoint, we spent two hours touring, reading the film history, seeing some of the actual props and generally having a nice time, if nice is the right word to use when touring a horror exhibition. There is lots of things to see and do here, this includes riding the wonderful lift. Make sure you stay in the main hall for at least one whole hour so you can see it flooded with light as the blinds open up. Amazing!
Joanna Daniłowicz (2 years ago)
It’s one of the best museums I have ever visited in my life. I am even not particularly interested in Italian cinematography (the museum mostly focuses on local films, but not only!) but I loved it anyway. It’s great that you’re literally waking through the history of the cinema, starting with how the firms cameras worked and finishing with the posters of new films. It’s great that the museum is interactive, you can touch and test lots of exhibition which makes the entire museum even more interesting. Everyone will find something for themselves - the old, and children, cinema freaks, and people who randomly watch films on Netflix. What I recommend is taking an elevator up the rooftop - the views are incredible :)
Fiona Reynolds (2 years ago)
One of the best museums I have ever visited. Mostly focused on Italian cinema history (naturally) but a fantastic exhibition on film and cinema generally from the technology to the stories. The building really helps the presentation as the exhibition winds up the interior of this landmark. Get a combined ticket and ride the panoramic lift up through the exhibition to the top of spire and take in some amazing views of Turin. Book your ticket online in advance.
Alex Bransby (2 years ago)
Haven’t been inside but it is the most prominent landmark of Turin. Actually a lot more pretty up close we’re you can see the detail of the architecture. It is close to other sites in the old town, so worth a visit to swing by…
Daria Barnat (3 years ago)
This place is AMAZING. Must see it in Turin. Fabulous museum of cinema (not only for the people whose like movies but for all of us!). Additionally there is a panoramic lift-it goes upstairs the Mole and the view is magnificent. Ticket for the museum and for panoramic lift costs 15 euros. You can buy also the ticket for the one attraction if you would like to. I recommend buy tickets online, you won't be waiting in the queue for the tickets office.
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