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Culture and History

Museums and art galleries

There are more than fifty museums in Bologna that conserve rich heritage unique both for the quality of the master pieces and their thematic and time diversity. You are free to make your itinerary choosing from the most classic to the most curious and surprising museums.

Museo Civico Archeologico

Museo Civico Archeologico

The Civic Archaeological Museum is one of the most prestigious archaeological collections in Italy. It comprehensively narrates local history from prehistoric times to the Roman Age. Its collection of Egyptian antiquities is recognized as one of the most important in Europe, the second in Italy.

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Museo Civico Medievale

Museo Civico Medievale

The Medieval Museum in Bologna tells a compelling story about the often turbulent history of the city. The fascinating collection of bronze statues, armours, handcrafted objects, illuminated manuscripts and monumental tombs is located inside Palazzo Ghisilardi-Fava, in itself a jewel of city architecture.

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Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli

Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli

The Fondazione’s exhibition space and new headquarters is a building with a strong symbolic connotation in the context of twentieth-century Italian architecture and design, as it was envisioned
by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1960 for Dino Gavina. The space has become a crossroads of encounters that have marked the history of twentieth century design culture. Some of the biggest names in twentieth century culture have been here: designers and artists such as Lucio Fontana, Carlo e Tobia Scarpa, Marcel Breuer transformed this space in a creative lab that the Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli, today, reopens to the public. The Fondazione organizes exhibitions with a multidisciplinary approach, drawing from the Fondazione’s remarkable holdings of Italian visual art of XX century.

Collezioni Comunali d'Arte

Collezioni Comunali d'Arte

The Municipal Art Collections include 250 paintings that span the period from the middle ages to current day.  They are a faithful history of the city's lively and fertile art scene.  Then there are artistic objects, furniture, porcelains, fabrics, laces, embroidery, miniatures and artistically significant medieval wooden crucifixes from Bolognese area churches.

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