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Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna (National Gallery)

Via delle Belle Arti 56, 40126 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 4209411

Fax +39 051 251368

Reference maps: C-5

Date of last update: 28/09/2017, 12:27

Pinacoteca is located not far from Le Due Torri (the two towers, symbols of Bologna), inside the former Noviziato Gesuita di Sant'Ignazio, a place built in the second half of the 15th century in order to welcome young people who wanted to take part of the Society of Jesus.
Apart from the Pinacoteca, the building also hosts Accademia delle Belle Arti and Sopraintendenza per il Patrimonio Storico Artistico ed Etnoantropologico, thus including exhibitions and safeguard, preservation or research activities related to the historic and cultural heritage.



In 1762, Monsignor Francesco Zambeccari donated some of its 16th century paintings to the Accademia Clementina, originating from the prestigious Accademia dei Desiderosi, created by the Carracci family in 1582, thus giving birth to the collection.

From 1803 the Accademia Clementina is replaced by the Accademia di Belle Arti, thus becoming Quadreria and acquiring its artistic heritage, later enriched through other donations.

After the suppression of the Institution by the napoleonic troops, the most important works of art were sent to Paris and Milan (in the Musée Napoleon and the future Accademia di Brera, respectively), where they were kept until the fall of the French Empire, when they were trasported back to their early place, the Quadreria, that later became known as Pinacoteca. 

This way the current base of the collection was created, the first catalogue with 274 paintings dates back to 1827.

Thanks to further enrichment, the bolognese Pinacoteca, already prestigious for its religious heritage, acquired many works of art for laymen and aristocratic people, thus completing its artistic itinerary between the 14th and 19th century and thus becoming one of the most important artistic collections in Europe.

Pinacoteca di Bologna is now considered one of the most modern and important National Galleries, it originally opened in 1885, after being split by the Academy.

The Exposition

The Exposition

Pinacoteca was totally renovated in 1997 and at present it hosts, apart from 30 exhibition rooms, the Sale della Belle Arti and very modern rooms on the basement, thanks to which the building is able to host medium and big temporary exhibitions, didactic activities, seminars and conferences.

The exposition is based on different sections divided according to the different schools and the itinerary collects works of art dating back to the 14th and 15th century (Vitale da Bologna, etc.), to the Renaissance period (Raffaello, Perugino, Tintoretto, etc.), the Mannerism (Giorgio Vasari, Bartolomeo Cesi, etc.), including also the 16th century large size paintings.

by bus: lines and timetables on the website www.tper.it

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exit n. 9 direction city center.


the ticket can be purchased in one of the two museums and used in the other one also on another day.


full € 6.00; reduction € 3.00 between 18 and 25 years old (valid only for members of European Community), teachers with a full time contract; free admission less than 18 years old (valid only for members of European Community); Musei Metropolitani Card owners (from 1 July 2017); teachers and students members of University: Architecture, Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Letters and Philosophy (Archeology, History of Art), Academy of Fine Arts; touristic guides, during their activities; touristic interpreters, during their activities; journalists, during their activities; members of Mibac (Ministry of Cultural Heritage); members of I.C.O.M. (International Council of Museums); students groups from public and private schools, with their teachers; disabled people and their relative or companion; operators of voluntary associations (spread and promotion about cultural heritage); free admission for everybody the first Sunday of each month. Every 8 March free admission for women on the occasion of the International Women's Day.

To request your free or reduced ticket please present proof of your specific category at the ticket desk.

groups up to 30 people are accepted, larger groups will be split; free entry for group guide of 20 or more people; reservations are recommended


from Tuesday to Sunday: 8,30am - 7,30pm. Closed on Monday.
*the ticket office closes half an hour before.

Wednesday 4 October 2017: 8,30am - 7,30pm

The Museum doesn’t have services of guided tours, audio guides, bookshop, restaurant or coffee shop.

Access for disabled people to the ticket office by ramp
to the exhibition rooms by elevator and dedicated platforms
to the toilets at the basement floor by elevator

Pinacoteca Nazionale