I love specialty museums, and I love the cinema, and so there is little that can excite me as coming across a cinema specialty museum, like the one I found out about when visiting Turin. It’s one of the best museums I’ve visited in recent years, and it is so well done I wish I could linger much longer. Set inside the Mole Antonelliana, originally a synagogue for the Jewish community of Turin, there is an elevator taking you through the center of the museum all the way up to the observation deck for some spectacular views of Turin. Once back down, enter the museum, and walk through rooms of cinematic wonder. Each themes room left me in awe, going back to the routes of moving pictures, to the birth of cinema the way we currently know it, up to the technological advances we know of today. The museums isn’t your typical boring exhibitions, but rather an experiential interactive journey showing an amazing array of perspectives on what cinema is, what going to the cinema feels like, what the music behind the movies are about, the backstories of directors and actors, we need more museums like that. Both adults and kids would feel at home here, you’ll learn about various cinema hubs in the world, not just Hollywood, and you’ll experience cinema in ways you haven’t yet. That’s what a museum should be about.

 

Let’s go up with the elevator to the observation deck…

 

 

Learn a bit about moving pictures, early signs of the promise of image story telling…

 

 

The first instruments to show moving pictures…

 

 

To the grand main hall…

 

 

Where you can rest back and get movie snippets of movie classics from around the world…

 

 

Lots of funky exhibitions…

 

 

and interactive games for kids…

 

 

Fun stuff.

 

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Tags: cinematic; heritage; italy; Mole Antonelliana; movie; movies; museum; National Museum of Cinema; observation deck; specialty museum; Torino; Turin;


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