The collections of the civic museums of Torino, currently managed by the Fondazione Torino Musei, were opened to the public on the 4th of June 1863, with the aim of documenting labour from ancient times to the present day and to collect and display modern Italian art. This original mission changed in subsequent decades, and in 1898 the ancient art collections, currently held by Palazzo Madama, were separated from the contemporary art works, leading to the creation of the Galleria d'Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery), while the Oriental art collections formed the earliest group of works now on display at the MAO.
Thanks to regular acquisitions and generous donations and bequests from private citizens, the collections now comprise more than 150,000 works of art. The Fondazione Torino Musei also runs the Borgo Medievale, built in 1884 for the Universal Exposition in Torino.
The magic of the East at the MAO, Antonello da Messina and Decorative Arts at Palazzo Madama, nineteenth century and contemporary avant-garde at the GAM: over 2000 years of history, a journey through the art and beauty that belong to all humanity.
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