Museo Storico della Radio, dei Grammofoni, del Cinema e degli strumenti musicali meccanici (1760-1960)
This peculiar, private museum occupies over 600 square meters, uses 800 objects (collected by the Director in over 30 years of research) to tell the history of the radio from its origins to the present day. The promoter and Director of this unique museum is the Bolognese Giovanni Pelagalli, Esq., born in 1941, electronic technician and self-proclaimed "magician". The first piece of this museum was set aside in 1952. Giovanni Pelagalli personally guides the museum visits, offering detailed explanations and often switching on devices and instruments for an extra-special guided tour. As a gift for his guests, Giovanni always performs one of his magic tricks. For other museums and collections in Bologna, see the list.
The exposition rooms cover more than 2,000 m. Over 800 original working devices are shown: The history of the Radio - from ancient history to Marconi up to present day radios. The history of Phonography - from Edison’s Tin Foil of 1878 to hand-operated and horn gramophones etc. The history of the musical mechanical machines of the 18th and 19th centuries - orchestrion, cylinder organs, carillons, automates etc. Marconi Room - extremely rare original pieces are shown here, "signed" by Marconi; Marconian relics, "Here my father lives again!" said Marconi’s daughter, princess Elettra, visiting the Museum and the room dedicated to her father. Ducati Room - civilian and military radio appliances, cameras, mechanical and precision tools, motors and motorcycles, research documents etc., The exhibition sheds light on the irrepressible genius of the three Ducati brothers, Adriano, Marcello and Bruno, who starting in 1924 have shown the motorist soul of Bologna to the whole world. The history of Television - from the Raython lamp for mechanical "radiovision" of 1928, to the first black and white TV, to the first experimental colour TV with a round screen, etc. The history of the Italian and Neapolitan Song - over 5,000 songs, original records of the time; LPs and singles, "strange" records turning at 80 and 120 rpm up to the modern recordings. Plus, 1,000 original musical scores are displayed. Library - rare epoch volumes and interviews on the Museum’s themes. Film Library - over 400 movies, posters and cinema playbills. Friendship Room - next to the Museum, it has audio, video SAT, digitally equipped for the monthly "Friends of the Museum" meetings.
The museum can be visited on appointment only (group minimum 15