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Collezione di Geologia "Giovanni Capellini"

University Museums

Via Zamboni, 63 - 40126 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 2094555

Reference maps: C-5

Date of last update: 07/01/2020, 11:22

Thanks to the important work of  Giovanni Capellini, the first to hold the chair of Geology in Italy, the museum officially opened in 1881 and was enriched with geopaleontological finds from all over the world, of unsurpassed scientific, educational and expositive importance.

Nowadays the collection witnesses more than five hundred years of  educational and research activity, with assets of nearly one million pieces placed in the original furnishing of the late 19th century including rocks, plants, invertebrate and vertebrate fossils.
In the halls one can admire the spectacular skeletons of  “Mastodonte proboscidato pliocenico”, the rich collection of  Eocene fish of Monte Bolca,  pliocene whales and the impressive model of  Diplodocus Jurassic Dinosaur, twentysix meters long and four meters high.
Nowadays it is the largest and most important Italian palaeontological museum  for vastness and importance of its collections.

The museum is part of Sistema Museale d'Ateneo Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna - SMA

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

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits  n. 8/8bis-9 and 10 direction city center.


In occasion of the exposition "Un dinosauro americano a Bologna", from 4th October 2019 to 12th January 2020 the Geological Museum "Giovanni Capellini" can be visited with an entrance ticket of €3 (with reductions).

From January 14, 2020:

Standard ticket 5€

Reduced-rate tickets 3€: young people aged 19 to 26 years; visitors over 65

Free admission: students of the University of Bologna, staff of the University of Bologna, young people up to 18 years old, school teachers of all grade levels with card, visitors with disabilities and accompanying visitors, licensed journalists and tourist guides, ICOM card holders, Card Cultura holders, Students of Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna.


- Through ticket 2 Museums/Collections: 8€

- Through ticket 3 Museums/Collections: 12€

Among the following Museums: Museum of Palazzo Poggi, European Museum of Students, Geological Collection "Giovanni Capellini Museum". Valid for 10 days.

WINTER HOURS from 1st September to 31st May:

Tuesday - Friday 9am - 1pm
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10am - 6pm
Closing days: Monday

The collection is also closed on: 1 January, 1 May, 15 August, 24-25 December

Hearing impediments

The access and navigation of the rooms do not present particular difficulties for the hearing impaired as there is no set itinerary.

There are no room panels or labels; labels or captions are available only for a few important pieces, while objects are usually accompanied by original typewritten labels or notes by Cappellini. The language of the brief texts requires discrete language skills, also due to the presence of many technical notions.

There is no means of visual communication in case of emergency in the bathrooms.

Motor disability and mobility issues

The Museum can present a few difficulties for visitors with mobility issues or walking difficulties.

The garden at the entrance features no handrails or buzzers, but there is a bell to call the operator beyond the glass door at the entrance. Such operator has a complete view on the entrance.

The personnel is available to position two mobile aluminium track ramps with a 10%+ gradient.
To reach the first floor of the Collection, there is a stairlift that can be activated with the help of staff.