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Museums and art galleries

There are more than fifty museums in Bologna that keep vigil over the city's rich heritage that is unique for the quality of the masterpieces and their diverse themes and time periods. Itineraries can wildly vary as you freely choose among the more classic venues and the many most curious and surprising museums. Just what might you see in Bologna?
You could admire the magnificent Etruscan situla (vessel) from the Certosa, or the majestic marble statue of Boniface VIII; you could study Raffaello Estasi's painting of Santa Cecilia (St. Cecilia's Ecstasy), Michelangelo's marble Angel, the Madonna col bambino (Virgin Mary with child) by Giotto, Parmigianino's Madonna col bambino e santi (Virgin Mary with child and saints), frescoes by Carracci and Guido Reni, the house of Giorgio Morandi and his serene paintings.
Or even more surprising things... historical collections of anatomy and obstetrics, anatomy wax models, the military architecture of Palazzo Poggi in the University of Bologna (founded in 1088); manuscripts by young Mozart (who received his diploma in Bologna); or historical music instruments in the Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della musica (International Museum and Library of Music). Numerous toy soldiers in paper, metal, wood, stucco or plastic; unique pieces or series in the Museo storico del Soldatino (Historical Museum of Toy Soldiers) in Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati.
You could delve into the ancient Bologna; historical, significant port and world leader in the manufacture of silk thanks to its revolutionary use of hydraulic power from the 15th to 18th centuries as documented in the Museo del Patrimonio Industriale (Museum of Industrial Heritage); containers for medical preparations from Bologna's first hospital pharmacy in the Museo della Sanità (Medical Museum). A moving memorial installation by Christian Boltanski that reconstructs the remains the DC-9 aircraft shot down in 1980 at Ustica.

 Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna (National Gallery)

Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna (National Gallery)

As one of the most modern and important National Galleries appreciated abroad, in the thirty exhibition rooms, the Pinacoteca collects: fundamental artists such as Giotto, Raffaello or Tiziano; fine examples of Bolognese and Emiliana art; Flemish and Byzantine artists.

Museo Civico Archeologico

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

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.

Collezioni Comunali d'Arte

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.

Museo Morandi

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.