The Municipal Art Collections include 250 paintings that span the period from the Middle Ages to present day. They are a faithful testament of the city's lively and fertile art scene with artistic objects, furniture, porcelains, fabrics, laces, embroidery, miniatures and artistically significant medieval wooden crucifixes from churches in the Bologna area.
Founded in 1936 in the former winter apartments of the Cardinal Legates in the City Hall, the Collezioni Comunali d'Arte (Municipal Art Collections) represent the closing stage of the comprehensive reorganisation of the municipal museums that had begun at the time of the unification of Italy (1861). The nucleus of artwork already possessed by city judiciaries was then amplified to include parts of artist and art collector Pelagio Palagi’s collections. Other works were included from dismantled religious orders, along with gifts from private collectors and families throughout the centuries.
The rooms were completely restored in the 1930s. They are still decorated in their original glory (friezes, wood ceilings, and vaults) mostly from the 15th to the 18th centuries. The collection’s layout has not been modified since the 30s, so it appears as a "furnished museum", where canvasses, furniture, decor, are not always displayed in chronological order. The visitor walks through historical rooms as they open one into the other: the great "Vidonian" hall, with its juxtaposed paintings and sculptures, recalls the typical arrangement of a Baroque gallery. In several rooms of the "Rusconi" wing, furnishings are predominant, giving the aura the private mansion had in the 1700s.
groups of min. 10 people, Comune di Bologna Family Card and YoungERcard holders
reduction € 2.00: visitors from 18 to 25
the last 2 hours of opening times on every Thursday from April to September
the first Sunday of the month from October to March
young people up to 18
university students with membership card
classes of secondary schools
2 leaders for each school group
1 leader for each group of 10 people
teachers of preschool and kindergarten operators of Comune di Bologna
1 adult with a child who attends workshops planned by the museum
tourist guides with badge, journalists with badge
disabled people and their helpers, Icom members
people as indicated in clause 4, paragraph 3, letter a, b, d, e, f, g, h, i – Decree n. 507 dating 11/12/1997 and further modifications (also students and teachers of Conservatory and other schools as specified in the letter h of the decree)
guided visits, educational services, conference room, bookshop, access for the disabled, brochure (Italian, English, French, German). Guided tours for schools are available by appointment during the school year. Info: Educational Department tel. +39 051 2193922 - Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 1pm and +39 051 2193933 - Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 5pm or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Municipal Art Collections are mostly accessible. The spaces in all the rooms make it easy to move, rest and enjoy almost all the works exhibited. Some ramps are too steep and, in general, they all have inconvenient non-slip cross pieces for wheelchairs, particularly for electric ones. A large lift is available to reach the museum. There is an accessible toilet.
The museum, located on the second floor of Palazzo D'Accursio, can be reached by a well marked lift. The museum can be visited on your own, as the route of visit is clear and well marked. The explanatory panels and room explanatory sheets are very informative even if they require good language competence and knowledge of history. There are no emergency visual notification devices both in the toilets and in the lift.
The exhibits are mainly kept in display cases or they are not reachable, but with the help of an educational assistant it is possible to touch some of them. The museum assistants are willing to compensate for the lack of specific training for dealing with partially sighted visitors. There are no explanatory aids in Braille or in large print and the captions are difficult to read for partially sighted visitors.