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Upper School

Piazza Galvani, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 276811

Fax +39 051 261160

Reference maps: D-4

Date of last update: 04/02/2020, 10:20

The Archiginnasio is one of the most important palaces in Bologna. Located in the heart of the historic city centre, it has been the home of the Municipal Library since 1838.

The Palace was commissioned by Cardinal Borromeo and was built between 1562 and 1563 to a project by architect Antonio Morandi known as Terribilia as the seat of the University (until 1803). It was heavily damaged by bombing in 1944 and was later rebuilt.

Two large staircases lead to the upper floor featuring two classrooms (closed to the public) and two lecture halls, one for the “Artisti” (now a reading room) and one for the “Legisti” (known as Stabat Mater Hall). The Anatomical Theatre is also well known and was built in carved wood by Antonio Levante in 1637 to teach anatomy. The famous “Spellati” (Skinned Men) statues by Ercole Lelli are on display inside.

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 direction city center.

Admission ticket to Anatomical Theatre and Stabat Mater Hall € 3
(if not occupied by events)

Free admission:

  • Tourist guides with badge
  • Journalist with badge
  • 1 person for each group of 10 people
  • Classes of secondary schools
  • 2 people for each school group
  • Young people up to 18 years old
  • Disabled people and their helpers
  • Icom members with valid card
  • Card Cultura owners

Palace (courtyard and open gallery)
Monday to Friday 9 am - 7 pm
Saturday 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday and holidays 10 am - 2 pm

Access to the library: see opening hours

Anatomical Theatre and Stabat Mater Hall (if not occupied by events)
Monday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday and holidays 10 am - 2 pm

Sunday 8 December from 10am to 6pm
25 December CLOSED
Thursday 26 December from 10am to 6pm
Wednesday 1 January from 2pm to 6pm
Monday 6 January from 10am to 6pm