Since 2007, MAMbo has been the Museum of Modern Art of Bologna (Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna) home to the Gallery of Modern Art Institution in Bologna (Istituzione Gallerie d’Arte Moderna di Bologna) and also comprising Casa Morandi and Museum (Museo e Casa Morandi), the Ustica Memorial Museum (Museo per la Memoria di Ustica), Villa delle Rose and the Sandra Natali Residence for Artists (Residenza per artisti Sandra Natali).
The museum is located on a former bakery and retraces Italian art history from the second post-war period to the present day and is constantly being renewed. In addition to the permanent collection, large monographic exhibitions dedicated to leading Italian and foreign artists are also organized. Since 2012, MAMbo has been temporarily hosting the collections of the Morandi Museum (Museo Morandi).
MAMbo also comprises of an Educational Section whose purpose is to interest visitors of all kinds and ages in the expressive forms of our time, providing them with suitable tools to enable them to better understand the works.
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)
The museum is accessible for the most part. People using an electric wheelchair can find it a bit difficult to go from the second to third floor and in most cases they will have to get back to the ground floor and take a second lift to continue their visit. Exhibit spaces allow visitors using a wheelchair very good mobility. The viewing of the works on display is excellent. The library, educational laboratories and the conference hall can be reached easily. Handicap restrooms are located on each floor.
Orientation is possible with the help of maps drawn on the walls and characterized by different colours. Extensive and easily readable texts help as well. The signage is clear and consistent and facilitates the understanding of the museum. The understanding of works requires the assistance of the museum staff which is aware of hearing disability issues; staff members are already partly trained to work with and used to welcoming groups of hearing-impaired people. There are no explanatory panels and captions are very few; as a matter of fact, they just indicate the artist's name and the title of the work. This choice, which reflects the intention of the museum curators, can negatively affect accessibility. If present, explanations of artworks are immediate and effective. There are no written signs or light signals concerning the acoustics of the hall for temporary exhibitions. Sometimes there is music input during exhibitions without any visual notification. Restrooms, located on the ground floor, are well-marked and easy to find. There are no means of visual communication in case of alarm in the restrooms or in the lift.
The permanent exhibit at MAMbo can be partly explored tactilely with the assistance of museum educational staff and by reservation only. Operators show great commitment to compensate for the lack of specific training in working with the visually impaired.