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Free Entrance Museums

Palazzo Pepoli. Museo della Storia di Bologna
The Heart of Genus Bononiae is Palazzo Pepoli. The Museo della Storia di Bologna (Museum of the History of Bologna) is dedicated to the history, culture and transformation of Bologna, from the ‘Felsina etrusca’ period to modern times.

Collezione Tagliavini
This collection of ancient musical instruments was donated to the city by Maestro Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Bolognese organist and musicologist. The collection is unique for the prestige and sheer number of objects, including collections of folk and wind instruments from the 16th to 19th centuries; clavichords; organs; harpsichords, spinets and pianos.

Museo del Patrimonio Industriale (fornace Galotti)
The Museum of Industrial Heritage gathers documents, exhibits and divulges the economic and productive history of the city and surrounding local area from the Modern to the Contemporary Age.

Collezioni Comunali d'Arte
The Municipal Art Collections include 250 paintings that span the period from the middle ages to current day. They are a faithful history of the city's lively and fertile art scene. Then there are artistic objects, furniture, porcelains, fabrics, laces, embroidery, miniatures and artistically significant medieval wooden crucifixes from Bolognese area churches.

MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (Modern Art Gallery)
Bologna's Modern Art Gallery, MAMbo, shares visual culture and fosters experimentation. The permanent collection is a journey through the art of contemporary Italy. The Museum hosts new local projects and participates actively in the international contemporary art network.

Museo Civico Archeologico
The Civic Archaeological Museum is one of the most prestigious archaeological collections in Italy. It comprehensively narrates local history from prehistoric times to the Roman Age. Its collection of Egyptian antiquities is recognized as one of the most important in Europe, the second in Italy.

Museo Civico Medievale
The Medieval Museum in Bologna tells a compelling story about the often turbulent history of the city. The fascinating collection of bronze statues, armours, handcrafted objects, illuminated manuscripts and monumental tombs is located inside Palazzo Ghisilardi-Fava, in itself a jewel of city architecture.

Museo Civico del Risorgimento e Museo di Casa Carducci
The first floor of the building houses the Resurgence Museum, documenting Italian history from 1796 to 1918. In 1906 Queen Margherita of Savoy bought the apartment and the library above it, the last home of the poet Giosué Carducci, and donated them to the city. Carducci's rooms are intact to this day.

Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica
The International Museum and Library of Music opened in 2004. It is located in the historical centre of Bologna inside Palazzo Sanguinetti. The wonderfully painted salons house a collection of important historical documents: treaties, volumes, librettos, letters, manuscripts and original scores donated by Giambattista Martini.

Museo Morandi
The Museo Morandi has been temporarily hosted at MAMbo since 2012 when its facilities in Palazzo d’Accursio were closed for restoration.  In the via Don Minzoni 14 location, at MAMbo, the Morandi exhibit has a reorganised layout of paintings, graphic works and books.

Palazzo Pepoli Vecchio (Palazzo Pepoli. Museo della Storia di Bologna)
Heart of Genus Bononiae, Palazzo Pepoli. Museo della Storia di Bologna houses a museum dedicated to the history, culture and transformations of Bologna, from the ‘Felsina etrusca’ to modern times.