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Museo del Patrimonio Industriale (fornace Galotti)

Via della Beverara 123 - 40131 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 6356611

Fax +39 051 6346053

Reference maps: L-10

Date of last update: 05/07/2016, 09:49

The Museum of the Industrial Heritage premises are in the northern outskirts of Bologna, in a former kiln along the Navile, the ancient navigable channel of the city. The kiln, built in 1887 with a non-stop cycle Hoffmann oven, produced bricks, Marseille roof tiles and fired bricks working the top-quality clay present in the area. At the end of the century the expansion of the Galotti's Company brought to the construction of another Hoffmann oven of which some traces still remain on the ground in the inside courtyard. After a period of abandon following closing-down in 1966, the building was bought by the Municipality of Bologna and restored between 1984 and 1990. The Kiln was completely restored and furnished in order to host the Museum and other activities and institutions.

On the ground floor

On the ground floor

The Hoffmann oven, the heart of the production for brick firing, presents, in its external portico, a documentation related to the history of the former kiln and to brick manufacturing cycle and the packaging section of Bologna. Inside the kiln, you can visit the area: 'Learning How to Design and Build Machines', with the history of technical education and technological progress of Bologna between 1800s and 1900s.

On the first floor

The "From Excellence to Future" hall, was realized to explain the link/connection between the development of technology, innovation and the economic and productive area of Bologna The hall is divided into three areas: "Inside the Economy of Bologna", "The Senses of Machines", "The Rooms of Excellence", and it contains all the new information, studies and researches about the economy of Bologna and of the global market system. Examples, exhibits and filmed sequences will explain the last applications of technological researches. Moreover, here you can find the teaching laboratories for schools, divided into sections with specific tools for experiences, experiments and observations of scientific issues such as the energy sources (water, vapour, electricity), the chemical structure and composition of some elements (water and air), the Sun System and the silk production process.
From 12 October 2013 Museum of the Industrial Heritage has a new section dedicated to astronomy.  The  careful and spectacular setting up of “L'Officina delle Stelle” will enable visitors to look out onto the Universe through the huge window of a diorama representing the Solar System. On show precious 'telluri' for educational purposes too, made by  Sebastiano Zavaglia in 1854-55.

 On the second floor

On the second floor

The exhibition reconstructs the profile of the city's long industrial history through a series of thematic cores:

 - Bologna of silk and water in the XV-XVIII centuries, when the city was the world leader of the silk production thanks to the hydraulic energy (artificial hydraulic system) and the high technology of the Bologna silk mills. Relieves, large machinery models (silk mill), video and interactive structures, a multivision for slides reconstruct the productive organization of the XV-XVIII centuries;
 - Bologna of the mechanical culture of the beginning of the Twentieth century, diffused in little workshops and sustained by technical competences of professional quality ;
 - the productive sectors of the modern industrial district like the motor design and manufacture, the Biomedical sector and above all the sector of automated packaging machines manufacturers, represented through restored real machinery, biographies of companies, technicians, planners, oral witnessing of the protagonists, social and economic documentation of the development model realized.

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.

From  1 January to 15 June and from 16 September to 31 December Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 1pm; Saturday: 9am - 1pm and 3pm- 6pm; Sunday and holidays: 3pm- 6pm; from 16 June to 15 September Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:9am - 1pm; other days the museum is open only by appointment for groups of min. 5 people, booking at least 3 days in advance from Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm at 051 6356611.

book-shop, educational department, exhibition rooms, conference room, structures for the disabled, captions (Italian and English); everyday for schools and organized groups upon telephone booking at the Museum (from 9 am to 12 pm)

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