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Collezioni Comunali d'Arte

c/o Palazzo D'Accursio Piazza Maggiore 6 - 40121 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 2193998

Reference maps: D-3

Date of last update: 03/10/2017, 10:59

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.

The Municipal Art Collections are part of Bologna Welcome Card network. Free entry for the Card holders. 

Founded in 1936 in the former winter apartments of the Cardinal Legates in the City Hall, the Collezioni Comunali d'Arte (Municipal Art Collections) represent the closing stage of the comprehensive reorganisation of the municipal museums, that had begun at the time of the unification of Italy (1861). The nucleus of artwork already possessed by city judiciaries was then amplified to include parts of artist and art collector Pelagio Palagi’s collections. Other works were included from dismantled religious orders, along with gifts from private collectors and families throughout the centuries.

The rooms were completely restored in the 1930s. They are still decorated in their original glory (friezes, wood ceilings, and vaults) mostly from the 15th to the 18th centuries. The collection’s layout has not been modified since the 30s, so it appears as a "furnished museum", where canvasses, furniture, decor, are not displayed in chronological order. The visitor walks through historical rooms as they open one into the other: the great "Vidonian" hall, with its juxtaposed paintings and sculptures, recalls the typical arrangement of a Baroque gallery. In several rooms of the "Rusconi" wing, furnishings are predominant, giving the aura of a private mansion in the 1700s. 

The room contains 188 Coats of Arms of Apostolic Legates, deputy Legates and Papal governors that chronicle the history of Bologna and of the Church from 1327 to 1744.
In 2006 the hall was closed due to excessive deterioration and it was restored in 2013-14 thanks to two European projects: the ceiling was stabilized and new ventilated roofing was added in order to protect the paintings from sunlight. A new general ventilation system (without use of air-conditioning) a low energy lighting system and automatic management system were installed. Paintings and hall decor were restored as well.

by bus: lines and timetables on the website www.tper.it

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits  n. 11/11bis-12 direction city center.

full € 5.00, reduction € 3.00 (visitors over 65, visitors from 18 to 25, groups of min. 10 people, Comune di Bologna Family Card and YoungERcard holders, special agreements)

Free admission: first Sunday of each month, young people up to 18, university students with membership card, classes of secondary schools, 2 leaders for each school group, 1 leader for each group of 10 people, 1 adult with a child who attends workshops planned by the museum, tourist guides with badge, journalists with badge, disabled people and their helpers, Icom members, special agreements, people as indicated in clause 4, paragraph 3, letter a, b, d, e, f, g, h, i – Decree n. 507 dating 11/12/1997 and further modifications  (also students and teachers of  Conservatory and other schools as specified in the letter h of the decree), Musei Metropolitani Card holders, Bologna Welcome Card holders.

Tuesday - Friday: 9.00 am - 6.30 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10.00 am - 6.30 pm. Closing days: Mondays (except holidays).

Wednesday 4 October 2017: 10am - 6,30pm

guided visits, educational services, conference room, bookshop, access for the disabled, brochure (Italian, English, French, German).
Guided tours for schools are available by appointment during the school year. Info: Educational Department tel.  +39 051 2193922 - Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 1pm and +39 051 2193933 - Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 5pm or edubolognamusei@comune.bologna.it

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