The Museum of Human Anatomy Luigi Rolando is a museum of human anatomy that was founded in 1739 with headquarters in Torino, Italy. It is part of the museum network of the University of Turin and moved to its current location in the Building of the Anatomical Institutes in 1898.Plan to see Museo di Anatomia Umana and other attractions that appeal to you using our Turin trip planner .
The study of anatomy in Turin began in 1563, with the arrival in town of Savona scholar Angelo Visca, but it was only in 1739 that it was the first collection of anatomical preparations, commissioned by Giovanni Battista Bianchi Carlo Emanuele III for forming the University Museum. Of that collection remain a valuable statue in plaster of a pregnant woman, a decomposable model of the brain in wood and ivory, and some waxes.
In 1830, thanks to the work of Luigi Rolando, the collection was increased by new finds and opened to the public for the first time. These expansions included some of what is now the Museo Egizio of Turin.
Between 1837 and 1898, under the direction of Carlo Giacomini, the collection is still being expanded with the addition of anatomical specimens in alcohol and dry. The spread of the evolutionary theory of Charles Darwin encourages the development of anthropological collections and primatological.
In 1898, with the completion of the building of anatomical studies, the museum was moved to its permanent headquarters.
The museum, in addition to the collection of purely anatomical features, also contains anthropological collections, phrenological, primatological, artistic and period instruments. There is also a library and an archive of documents and photographs.
The museum contains a collection of 200 human wax models.
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Museo molto interessante capace di fornire molti spunti di riflessione e di approfondimento. vale il prezzo del biglietto ridotto. unica pecca: teche poco illuminate che rendono i piani inferiori non ... more »Very interesting museum able to provide many ideas for reflection and deepening. the reduced ticket price is worth it. only flaw: dimly lit soches that make the lower floors not well decipherable. Recommended.
Capisco che l'affluenza media sia bassa, ma il museo è oggettivamente datato come esposizione. Tot teche con qualche scheda da prendere e leggere e targhette spesso illeggibile. Peccato perché i reper... more »I understand that the average turnout is low, but the museum is objectively dated as an exhibition. Tot teche with some card to take and read and often unreadable tags. Too bad because the exhibits are interesting.
Five star for doctor types and the folks who love collections and medical stuff. My 11-year old future doctor loved this museum. I loved it because it made him happy. They had about 700 preserved brains which smell like musty meat, but it was interesting. There is also a Fruit Museum and a Criminal Psychology Museum in the same building. Get the Torino museum card for "free" entry to many museums. This museum and its companions are closed Sundays.
Amazing place, both educational and profound in a way. Apart from learning sth about human anatomy one can see there plenty of pretty unusual artefacts and face the reality of human frailty and mortality - a truly spiritual experience, I'd say. The museum is quite affordable and won't take you half a day to go through, and dare I say that in the hour it takes you to examine its collection it will move you more than many other Torino museums will do on longer tours.
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