National Museum of Oriental Art

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National Museum of Oriental Art
Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale Giuseppe Tucci
National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome.
National Museum of Oriental Art is located in Rome
National Museum of Oriental Art
Location within Rome
Established1957 (1957)
LocationVia Merulana, 248, 00185 Rome, Italy
Coordinates41°49′57″N 12°28′18″E / 41.832465°N 12.471674°E / 41.832465; 12.471674Coordinates: 41°49′57″N 12°28′18″E / 41.832465°N 12.471674°E / 41.832465; 12.471674
Typearchaeology, Art museum

Rome's National Museum of Oriental Art "Giuseppe Tucci" (Italian: Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale 'Giuseppe Tucci' ) is a museum (now closed) in Rome, Italy, that was dedicated to the arts of the Orient, from the Middle East to Japan. The museum was located in Via Merulana 248 in the Rione Esquilino. It was founded in 1957 and closed in 2017, when its collections were transferred to the Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography in the city's southern EUR suburb[1]

The museum was founded upon a collection of art objects from Nepal, Tibet and Ladakh that Giuseppe Tucci had acquired during his travels in 1928-1948. Later acquisitions included a notable group of artifacts from the Gandhara area, that had been acquired from the archaeological missions of the Italian Institute for Middle and Far East (IsMEO) to the Buddhist and protohistoric sites of Swat, namely the Butkara Stupa, Barikot, Panr, and Aligrama among others. Other holdings include items from the Palace of Mas'ud III and the Buddhist shrine of Tape Sardar at Ghazni, Afghanistan, and the prehistoric city of Shahr-e Sokhteh, in eastern Iran.


  1. ^ "Rome's National Museum of Oriental Art moves to EUR". November 15, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  • Il Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale a Palazzo Brancaccio, Livorno, Sillabe, 1997.
  • C. Delvecchio, "Civiltà lontane al Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale", Lazio ieri e oggi, a. XLII, 4, 2006, pp. 124–127.

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