Museums

Museums

The many museums of Bologna are certainly worth a visit.

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Whether you are a school group, a family, or a group of adult travellers, you will enjoy more their precious collections with the expert and flexible approach of our guides.

ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The Archeological Museum has different sections: Egyptian, Villanovan, Etruscan, Roman, Gypsoteque.
The Egyptian collection, with about 4.000 items, is one of the most important of Italy. The Villanovan and Etruscan sections are of particular relevance, and their artifacts - urns, stelae, banqueting equipments, ceramics, jewels - were found in the necropolises of Bologna’s territory. You will discover with us the stages of ancient history in our area, from the first Villanovan villages, to the Etruscan town of Felsina, to the ancient Roman Bononia.

MEDIEVAL MUSEUM
The collections of the Medieval Museum, housed in the beautiful Ghisilardi palace (15th century), includes sculptures (mainly from the University’s professors monuments), jewels, ivory works, embroidered textiles, glassworks, manuscripts, armours and weapons. Thanks to this wealth of items you can get to know better a time, the middle age, that saw Bologna becoming one of the leading cities of Italy, thanks to its University and a thriving economy.

MUSEO INTERNAZIONALE DELLA MUSICA
The museum (UNESCO SITE) has a particularly important collection: the one gathered together by the Bolognese music scholar Giovanni Battista Martini (18th century) of about 17.000 items, including unique pieces such as the only existing copy of the first ever printed music book. The beautiful neoclassic rooms of the museum have also on show the autograph test of admission at the Bolognese Accademia Filarmonica of W.A. Mozart; original costume sketches of the famous Opera singer Farinelli; ancient music instruments, musicians portraits, autograph music scores  like the one of the “Barber of Seville” by Rossini.

PINACOTECA NAZIONALE
The paintings of the Pinacoteca are the work of the best painters of the Bolognese school. From the highly vivid paintings of Vitale da Bologna (14th century), to the gentle Renaissance style of Francesco Francia, Lorenzo Costa and the more bizarre Amico Aspertini, to the innovative synthesis of nature, classicism, baroque developed by Annibale, Agostino and Ludovico Carracci, Guido Reni, Guercino,  up to the non conventional works of G. M. Crespi (18th century). Beside the works of these local masters, the Pinacoteca owns paintings of great artists like Giotto, Raffaello, Parmigianino.

COLLEZIONI COMUNALI D'ARTE
The municipal art collections are exhibited in the rooms of the Apostolic Apartment, built inside Palazzo Comunale (the CityHall) after the city’s conquest by the Papacy (1506). The rich Baroque decorations of the Apartment are thus the  precious setting of paintings, sculptures, pieces of furniture, ranging from the middle ages to the early 20th century.

MUSEO MORANDI
Paintings, etchings, drawings of Giorgio Morandi (Bologna 1890-1964) are temporarily on show at MAMBO, the Museum of Modern Art. Landscapes and everyday objects are Morandi’s main subjects, explored with subtle and endless care by the artist’ sensitivity. Casa Morandi, the apartment where the painter lived and worked for most of his life, still furbished with original objects, can also be visited (open just on request).

MUSEI UNIVERSITARI DI PALAZZO POGGI
Palazzo Poggi, an imposing late Renaissance building, became during the 18th century the seat of a modern science institute, Istituto delle Scienze, and has been the seat of the University Rectorate since the 19th century.
Today it houses also the University Museums: the collections of scientific instruments and items originally owned by important Bolognese science scholars, like the naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi (16-17th centuries), the medicine professors Marcello Malpighi (17th century), Antonio Galli and Luigi Galvani (18th century), and Laura Bassi (18th century), the first woman docent of science ever. Particularly interesting are the anatomy wax models from the 18th century.

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