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Museo Civico Archeologico

Via dell'Archiginnasio, 2 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 2757211

Fax +39 051 266516

Reference maps: D-4

Date of last update: 23/08/2016, 16:05

The Archaeological City Museum, one of the most prestigious institutions of Bologna, can be found in the city centre of Bologna, in the 15th century Palazzo Galvani, in front of the eastern side of Basilica di San Petronio.

During the middle of the 14th century, in this area some treatment centres such as Studi di Medicina, Santa Maria della Vita and Santa Maria della Morte (the original headquarters of the museum) used to be located. Portico della Morte on the lateral facade,  the arches of the courtyard and some remains of a 14th century loggia may be seen, all dating back to that period.

The building opened in 1881, it was adjusted to host Archiginnasio (the city library) and the new Archaeological City Museum. At present, the Museum hosts important archaeological collections coming from the old University Museum, from Pelagio Palagi's donations, and from the excavations led between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

In the museum several collections can be found: Sections about the Old Kingdom of Egypt and the Ptolemaic Dynasty, the Prehistorical Section with objects of the Lower Paleolithic and the Bronze Age are exhibited; the Etruscan collection with the findings of more than 4.000 graves; the Greek collection with samples of pottery and a valuable collection of goldsmith's art and precious stones; the Roman Collection including important objects dating back to the middle of the 1st and the 2nd century b.C, the Numismatic Collection, one of the most important in Italy, composed by around 100.000 samples of coins and medals of greek, roman or bizantine periods. The itinerary ends with the collections named after Ulisse Aldrovandi and Ferdinando Cospi including objects arrived in Bologna between the 16th and 17th century.

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 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, 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 owners, Bologna Welcome Card owners.

Tuesday-Friday 9am - 3pm; Saturdays, Sundays, holidays 10am - 6,30pm. Closing days Mondays (except holidays), May 1st, December 25th, January 1st.

Bookshop, educational 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 aimed at academics or students who wish to search about the Museum collections. The request must be written to the Museum Director.


Activities for the public: guided tours, lectures and workshops for children, in order to investigate some issues analyzed in temporary or permanent exhibitions.

To know the events calendar, costs and the possible need for booking please visit the museum's website.

We offer guided tours for individuals or groups (max 30 people) only after online booking at didattica.midaticket.it. To access the services the users must login by following the instructions. Registration process is easy, quick and free. During the reservation, it is possible to choose the itinerary you prefer. In order to complete the booking you will be contacted by email or phone and you will receive the confirmation. 
In case of necessity please call the secretary's office: +39 051 2757244 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 am to 1 pm) or send an email to edubolognamusei@comune.bologna.it.


On the occasion of 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.
To make a reservation please call the number +39 051 0301043.

Museo Archeologico