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Bologna has an incredible museum heritage, one of the most extensive in Italy. Almost 50 museums ranging from art to history and science to technology. Travelplan proposes a selection of the most significant museums. If you purchase the Bologna dei Musei card, you can get into many participating museums free.

Pinacoteca Nazionale
(National Picture Gallery) Traces Emilia's painting from 1200 to 1800 and possesses works by Giotto, Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, Carracci and Guido Reni. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9am - 7pm Closed: Monday which are not holidays

Galleria d'Arte Moderna
(Modern Art Gallery) Displays avant-garde works from the period after WWII to present and hosts temporary exhibits dedicated to various forms of artistic expression. There is also a space reserve for experiments of contemporary artists. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: came - 6pm Closed: Monday

Morandi Museum
Entirely dedicated to Bologna painter Giorgio Morandi, the museum contains a collection of 250 works, including paintings, watercolors, drawings and etchings. Hours: Monday-Sunday: came - 6pm Closed: Monday

Museo Civico Archeologico
(Archaeological City Museum) Traces the development of the city from prehistoric times to the Etruscans up to the Roman age. The museum also has one of the most extensive ancient Egypt sections in Europe. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9.00am - 6:30pm; Sunday: 10.00 - 18.30

Museo Civico Medioevale
(City Museum of Middle Ages) Contains remains from the Middle Ages and Renaissance in Bologna including illuminated manuscripts, ivories, weapons and sculptures.. The copper statue of Boniface VIII is very interesting. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00am-6:30pm; Sundays and holidays: came - 6:30pm Closed: Monday

Collezioni Comunali d'Arte
(Municipal Art Collections) The museum is located in Palazzo d'Accursio, now called Palazzo Comunale. It is a furnished museum, the frescoed monumental halls of the old building contain furniture, works of art and decorations from the 14th to 19th centuries. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 9.00am - 6:30pm; Sunday and holidays: came - 6:30pm; Closed: Mondays which are not holidays

Museo della Comunicazione
(Museum of Communication) Eight hundred pieces, still in working order, tell the story of radio, phonographs, movies and television. There is also a collection of historic computers and juke boxes and entire sections dedicated to Gugliemo Marconi and the Ducati brothers. Telephone: 051 6491008 - Hours: by reservation

Ducati Museum
An extensive exhibition tells the story of the Ducatis from the 1940's to present, including antique motorcycles, billboards and accessories. Telephone: 051 6413259 Hours: by reservation - Closed: Sunday and holidays

Palazzo Poggi Museums
The building dates back to the end of the 15th century, when it was acquired by the Poggi family, who transformed and expanded it. The interiors were decorated with powerful murals, which tell of the personality of Giovanni Poggi, who ordered them painted. The building became the home of the Istituto delle Scienze in the 18th century, with the purpose of housing all the scientific knowledge of the time in one space and contains laboratories, galleries and even an astronomical observatory. At present the building is one of the most interesting museums in Bologna, it traces the history of science from 1500 to 1800. In addition to the numerous frescoed rooms, which make this building one of the most charming private decorative complexes in Italy, many museums can be visited. Travelplan recommends the following:

  • Museo della Specola
    the museum is housed in the rooms which were once dedicated to the astronomical observatory. The development of astronomical research from 1700 to 1800 can be experienced through the vast collection of astrolabes, telescopes, globes and star maps. Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm; Saturday-Sunday: 9-18.30
  • Museo delle Navi e delle Antiche Carte Geografiche
    (Museums of Ships and Ancient Maps): a complete collection, started in the 18th century, containing globes, maps, antique volumes, weapons, wooden models of ships from the 17th and 18th centuries. Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 9:00am - 5:30pm; Saturday-Sunday: came - 6:30pm Closed: Monday.

University Museums
In addition to Palazzo Poggi, the entire university area is home to various scientific museums, demonstrating the importance of Bologna in the international knowledge scene. These museums revolve around anthropology, zoology, anatomy, palaeontology, geology, physics, mineralogy, botany as well as containing one of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe.

Photos courtesy of: APT Servizi, Regione Emilia Romagna, Comune di Bologna.

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