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Collezione di Zoologia

University Museums

Via Selmi 3, 40126 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 251723

Reference maps: C-5

Date of last update: 07/08/2019, 11:36

The original nucleus of the collection consists of the gathering of the collection of the 16th century of naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi and finds of Cospi and Marsili, gathered during the 18th century in the Institute of Sciences.
In recent years the ethnological and malacological collections have been implemented and reorganized for scholars. Also exhibited are ornithological collections, african trophies, dioramas, systematic collections of the most important animal groups, and the Altobello collection including amphibians, reptiles and mammals.

A big sunfish (Mola mola) found on the Romagna coast in the first half of the 40s, welcomes the visitors in the great hall of the museum.

The museum of Zoology 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.

SUMMER HOURS (1 June - 31 August):
Monday - Friday 10am - 1pm
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10am - 6pm

OPENING HOURS STARTING FROM 1st September 2019:
Tuesday - Friday 9am - 1pm
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10am - 6pm
Closing days: Monday

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

Motor disability and mobility issues

The main entrance features steps, but there are two ramps with a handrail and a slight 5% + gradient. 

After the main door, there are a few steps with no handrail. The stairlift can be used with the help of the personnel stationed in the porter’s lodge.

A lift from the ground floor can be used with the help of the staff.


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