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Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica

c/o Palazzo Aldini Sanguinetti, Strada Maggiore 34, 40125 Bologna (BO)

Phone 051 2757711

Fax 051 2757728

Reference maps: D-5

Date of last update: 22/09/2016, 13:38

Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica opened in 2004. It is located in the city centre of Bologna inside the prestigious Palazzo Sanguinetti. It hosts a varying exhibition itinerary. The wonderfully painted rooms include a collection of important historical documents: treaties, volumes, opera booklets, letters, manuscripts and authentic scores donated by Giambattista Martini, to whom rooms 2 and 3 are dedicated. These two rooms host several paintings portraying Marini and important musical figures of the time such as Mozart and Bach. The itinerary includes other rooms dedicated to different artists and periods: Room 4 (known as L'Idea della Musica), is dedicated to musical theorists of the 15th and 16th century; Room 5 (Sala delle Arti) includes very rare musical texts dating back to the 17th and 18th century; Room 6 is dedicated to the 18th century and Carlo Broschi, also known as Farinelli; Room 7 to the 19th century and Gioachino Rossini; Room 8 to the 19th and 20th century books and instruments. The last room homages two important figures of the musical scene of Bologna: Giuseppe Martucci and Ottorino Respighi.

Apart from the rooms, the Museum also includes a faithful reproduction of the laboratory belonging to the famous bolognese lute-maker Otello Bignami, given to the Museum by his heirs; an events hall, some multimedia points, didactic labs, an area for temporary exhibitions and a bookshop.

The Museum is not just a place for preservation and promotion of the classical musical heritage but also as a place for fusion and research, addressed to both students of music or just music lovers.

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. 

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International Museum and Library of Music