The Archaeological City Museum is one of the most prestigious institutions of Bologna. It lies in the city centre, in the 15th century Palazzo Galvani, across from the eastern side of the San Petronio Basilica.
In the 14th century some medical clinics were located here, such as Studi di Medicina, Santa Maria della Vita and Santa Maria della Morte (the latter was the museum’s original location). Some parts of the complex date back to that early period: The Portico della Morte on the lateral façade, the courtyard arches and some sections of a 14th century loggia are still visible.
The building in its current form opened in 1881, when it was adapted to host the Archiginnasio (which is now a public library) and the new Archaeological City Museum. Today, the Museum hosts important archaeological collections that were originally housed in the old University Museum, came from Pelagio Palagi endowments, and from excavations at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
There are several fascinating collections housed in the Museum: the Old Kingdom of Egypt and the Ptolemaic Dynasty, the Prehistory display of objects from the Lower Palaeolithic and the Bronze Age; the Etruscans with relics from more than 4,000 graves; the Greek collection includes pottery samples and a valuable selection of goldsmith's art and precious stones; the Roman Collection consists in important objects dating back to the middle of the 1st and the 2nd century B.C; the Numismatic Collection is one of the most important in Italy, with its approximately 100,000 samples of coins and medals of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods. The itinerary ends with collections named after Ulisse Aldrovandi and Ferdinando Cospi that exhibit objects that were brought to Bologna in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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Full € 5.00, reduced € 3.00 (visitors over 65, visitors from 18 to 25, groups of min. 10 people, Comune di Bologna Youth Card and Family Card holders, special agreements).
Free admission:first Sunday of each month, young people up to 18, University students with membership card, classes of secondary schools, including 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.
Bookshop, education section, library, temporary exhibition rooms, conference room, restoration laboratory, tagline in Italian and English (some rooms only), audio guides in English and Italian. Historical / museum consultations on the part of scholars or students who wish to do research in the Museum collections. Written request must be addressed to the Museum Director.
Activities for the public: guided tours, lectures and workshops for children, or for further study and analysis of temporary or permanent exhibitions.
For the events calendar, costs and booking please visit the museum website.
We offer guided tours for individuals or groups (max 30 people) booking at didattica.midaticket.it. These services require creating an account. The registration process is easy, quick and free. Choose the itinerary during registration.Booking is completed when we contact you for confirmationby email or phone.
Contact our office at: +39 051 2757244 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 am to 1 pm) or send an email to email@example.com
For the exhibition Egypt. Millennar Splendour we provide new itineraries dedicated to the Egyptian culture. The didactic offer related to the Egyptian world consists of thematic itineraries, animated tours and workshops. All info available on the website of the Archeological Museum.