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Palazzo Pepoli. Museo della Storia di Bologna

via Castiglione 8 - 40124 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 19936370

Reference maps: D-4

Date of last update: 27/09/2016, 17:51

Heart of Genus BononiaePalazzo Pepoli. Museo della Storia di Bologna (Museum of the history of Bologna) houses a museum dedicated to the  history, culture and transformations of Bologna, from the ‘Felsina etrusca’ to modern times.
It addresses a wide and varied public such as Bologna’s citizens wishing to rediscover the history and the cultural heritage of their own city, tourists, schools and young people in general, university students, foreign communities living in Bologna, etc.

The exhibition was designed and set up by the world-famous architect and designer Mario Bellini, while the graphic design was the work of the architect Italo Lupi, who represents excellence in Italian graphic design.
Palazzo Pepoli has been transformed into a unique and innovative global and  interactive museum which adds to other local museums, by supporting them in four important ways: through cross-references, available at the video points where the city museums having a connection with a given theme are presented; through educational activities which are carried out, also in cooperation with the various city museums; through loans of works and finds and through the scientific cooperation initiatives launched by Bologna’s many museums and cultural entities, in order to reinforce the museum project and its practical implementation.

Palazzo Pepoli. Museo della Storia di Bologna tells the story of the history of the city and its inhabitants from the Etruscan period to the present day, offering a sequence of exhibition units built around key episodes, symbolic figures, anecdotes and cross-cutting themes.
The presentation of these contents is made through a combination of objects, images and multimedia elements.


The history has been divided into sections, organised both chronologically and on the basis of important themes:
- The painted city
- The Tower of Time
- Bologna in ancient times (rooms 1-4)
- The great Medieval era (rooms 5-7 and 9-10)
- Forma Urbis (room 8)
- The Renaissance of the Bentivoglio family (rooms 11-12)
- Bologna in the spotlight: politics, religion and the rituals of collective life (rooms 13-16)
- Bologna “the Learned”: arts, science, humanities, music (rooms 17-19 and 21-22)
- Multimedia space and virtual theatre
- City of water (room 20)
- From the Eighteenth to the Twentieth century (rooms 23-28)
- A time not so near nor so far (rooms 29-32)
- City of languages (room 33)
- Culture room


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.

combined and single tickets are available for all museums of Genus Bononiae. Info (in Italian) on www.genusbononiae.it

Palazzo Pepoli. Museo della Storia di Bologna, Palazzo Fava. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, San Colombano. Collezione Tagliavini, Santa Maria della Vita are part of the Musei Metropolitani Card circuit. details

Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 7pm.

October 4th + December 8th, 2016: 10am - 7pm; November 1st, 2016: closed.

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