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available online > Discovering Ancient Egypt with Museo Egizio



available online > Discovering Ancient Egypt with Museo Egizio


Located in Turin, Italy, Museo Egizio — the world’s oldest museum dedicated to ancient Egyptian culture — is home to the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities outside of Egypt. For nearly two centuries, Museo Egizio has led the way in bridging our knowledge of ancient Egypt — bringing this world back to life through research, conservation and exhibitions.

Christian Greco, Director of Museo Egizio, takes you on a virtual tour to experience one of the Museum's most notable landmarks, the Tomb of Kha. Through extraordinary artifacts, you will learn about how ancient Egyptians lived, worked, and planned for the afterlife, and, for the first time, you will witness treasures unveiled to human eyes thanks to new technologies and the application of science to the study of these findings. 

This event, organized by the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC and the Italian Cultural Institute, was opened by remarks of the Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Armando Varricchio

The program also launched the “American Friends of Museo Egizio”, which invites people in the United States to support Museo Egizio’s programs and become a partner in shaping global understanding of our shared past. 

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(originally broadcast on April 29, 2021)






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Born in Arzignano (VI) in 1975, Christian Greco has been Director of the Museo Egizio since 2014. He managed a refurbishment of the museum building and a renovation of its galleries, completed on March 31st 2015, whereby the Museo Egizio was transformed from an antiquities museum into an archaeological museum.

Trained mainly in the Netherlands, he is an Egyptologist with vast experience working in museums. He curated many exhibition and curatorial projects in the Netherlands (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden; Kunsthal, Rotterdam; Teylers Museum, Haarlem), Japan (Okinawa, Fukushima, Takasaki and Okayama museums), Finland (Vapriikki Museum, Tampere), Spain (La Caixa Foundation) and Scotland (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh).

While at the head of the Museo Egizio, he has set up important international collaborations with museums, universities and research institutes all across the world.

Greco is also a dedicated teacher. He is currently teaching courses in the material culture of ancient Egypt and museology at the Università di Torino e Pavia, the Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, the Scuola IUSS in Pavia and the New York University in Abu Dhabi.

Fieldwork is particularly prominent in Greco’s curriculum. For several years, he was a member of the Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in Luxor. Since 2011 he has been co-director of the Italian-Dutch archeological mission at Saqqara.

Greco’s published record includes many scholarly essays and writings for the non-specialist public in several languages. He has also been a keynote speaker at a number of Egyptology and museology international conferences.



Date: Friday, December 31, 2021

Organized by : Museo Egizio, Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington

Entrance : Free