The Regional Museum of Natural History of Turin (Italian: Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, abbreviated as MRSN) it is located in the former San Giovanni Battista Hospital, built at the end of the 17th century by Amedeo di Castellamonte and completed by other renowned architects at a later time.

In 1978

Was established by Regione Piemonte, as a first-order administrative division on Piedmont territory, In 1978.

In 1980

Regione Piemonte and the University of Turin signed a loan agreement whereby the University made its naturalistic collections available to the Museum.

The agreement is still in force.

In 2013

Since August 2013 the museum has been temporarily closed to visitors due to needed complex repair and renovation works.

January 2024

The reopening of the areas called Ark, Historical Museum of Zoology, and Temporary Exhibitions, scheduled for December 2023, is one of the most awaited events throughout the region and beyond.

Il Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino è ubicato nell'edificio già sede dell'Ospedale San Giovanni Battista
Maggiore Hospital of San Giovanni Battista and the City of Turin, today the Regional Museum of Natural History

22,000 square metres

The total area currently allocated to museum activities.

10,000 square metres

An exhibition area, of which approximately 2,000 currently in use.

L'area museale "Arca"

The Mission

Classified and sorted all items for conservation, exhibition, and educational purposes..

Developed its scientific assets through study and research campaigns, as well by purchasing collections of exceptional value over the years.

In the context of the above-mentioned mission, the MRSN has, since its establishment, implemented experimentation, research, teaching and dissemination initiatives centred on all Sections (see below Current structure).

Richly-stocked library (19,000 volumes, 1,250 periodicals)

Go to the library

Education & Training Section

engaged in providing:

  • guided tours
  • educational workshops
  • nature itineraries
  • in-depth meeting
  • transversal skills and orientation path for students
  • training and refreshing courses for teachers
  • online workbook
  • conferences
  • animation activities
  • loans of travelling exhibits
  • collaborations aimed at experimenting interdisciplinary paths

Publishing Activity

The MRSN carries out a wide range of scientific publications:

  • multilingual semi-annual bulletin
  • monographic series
  • collections catalogues
  • conference proceedings
  • temporary exhibitions booklets

How many things can one learn about the natural world? Find it all out at the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences!