Turin’s Egyptian Museum has been completely renovated in 2015, in an effort to transform one of the oldest and most prestigious Italian museums into “a post-modern museum of international standing.” Massive renovations have led to the doubling of the exhibition space and allow for the display of 8,000 relics from what is the second collection in the world (after the collection in Cairo) of Egyptian archeology.
The architectural plans aimed to make the most of the existing structure. According to architects Aimaro Isola and Stefano Peyretti, the building itself has an important story to tell beyond the story told by what is on display.
The principle behind the museum’s layout has to do with connections – connections among the relics, between the relics and the museum and the excavations and the museum’s rooms. The new layout not only reconstructs cultural, living and funereal elements, it also tells the history of the archaeological expeditions as well as the story of the museum and its collections.