The items on display in the exquisitely painted rooms are vastly varied, as can be seen starting in Rooms two and three, named for Giambattista Martini. Here, you will find a collection of the composer’s important historical documents: treaties, volumes, opera booklets, letters, manuscripts and original scores. These rooms host several paintings portraying Martini and important musical figures of his time such as Amadeus Mozart and J.S. Bach.
The itinerary includes other rooms dedicated to artists and periods: Room 4 (known as L'Idea della Musica, or "The idea of music"), is dedicated to the musical theorists of the 15th and 16th centuries; Room 5 (Sala delle Arti, or Room of the Arts) includes very rare musical texts dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries; Room 6 is dedicated to the 18th century and Carlo Broschi, otherwise known as "Farinelli"; Room 7 covers the 19th century and Gioachino Rossini; Room 8 includes 19th and 20th century books and instruments. The last room homages two important figures of the Bolognese musical scene: Giuseppe Martucci and Ottorino Respighi.
The Museum also includes a faithful reproduction of the laboratory of the famous Bolognese lute-maker Otello Bignami, donated by his heirs. There is also a conference hall, multimedia points, educational labs, an area for temporary exhibitions and a bookshop.
While preserving and promoting the legacy of classical music, the Museum also creates opportunities for reflection and research, addressed to students of music and music lovers of all ages.
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 holders, Bologna Welcome Cardholders