The Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile di Torino re-opens after a four-year restoration and extension, featuring a new name.
The overall investment amounts to 33 million Euros, of which 22 million has been allocated to the building's restoration and 11 million to the internal exhibition design.
The Museum has got a face-lift, and above all it has changed its character and aim: not only a mere architectural renovation, but an intervention aimed at placing this revamped museum in a dynamic and sensational way, into the Italian cultural landscape.
Its contemporary and futuristic look was created and designed by architect Cino Zucchi, and the innovative exhibition space bears the signature of Francois Confino, set designer, who has already fitted out the National Cinema Museum in Torino.
2011 is going to be a significant year for Torino and for Italy as well: 150 years ago in the capital city of Piedmont, the new born Italian state identified its first capital, and there it remained until 1865.
51 years ago Torino's Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile was created, and today its opening will transform it into a museum for everybody, dedicated to car lovers but also to young people and children.
It is an exhibition that tells the whole story of the car: from manufacturing, to its use as a means of mass transportation, till becoming the symbol of one of the most important national traditions.
The Museum, offers visitors one of the rarest and most interesting collections of this kind ever exhibited: almost 200 original automobiles produced by 80 different brands, ranging between 1769 and 1996.
The Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile di Torino Reopens
| by Levent Ozler
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