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Museo Civico Archeologico

From September 25, 2017

Via dell'Archiginnasio, 2 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 2757211

Fax +39 051 266516

Reference maps: D-4

Date of last update: 02/03/2020, 16:14

The Museo Civico Archeologico (Archaeological Civic Museum), one of the city's most prestigious institutions, is located in the 15th century Palazzo Galvani, located in the city centre, just a few steps from Piazza Maggiore.

Opened to the public in 1881, it is mostly known for its Egyptian collection, the third largest in Italy and among the most important in Europe. Its Roman, Greek and Etruscan-Italic sections are also well-stocked - the latter constitutes the most important part of the Museum and documents the development of Felsina. There is also a newly-refurbished Gallery of plaster casts, the Gallic section and one of the main numismatic collections in Italy. 

The Museo Civico Archeologico is part of the Bologna Welcome Card circuit. Admission is free for Card holders. 

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

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL.  Ring road exits  n. 11/11bis-12 direction city center.

Full ticket: €6.00

reduction € 3.00:

  • visitors over 65
  • visitors from 18 to 26
  • groups of min. 10 people, Comune di Bologna Family Card and YoungERcard holders
  • special agreements

Free admission:

  • 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
  • special agreements
  • 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)
  • Card Cultura holders
  • Bologna Welcome Card holders

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am- 6pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am-6.30pm

Closed: Tuesdays, May 1st, Christmas

Bookshop, education section, library, temporary exhibition rooms, conference room, restoration laboratory, tagline in Italian and English (some rooms only), audio guides in English and Italian. Historical / museum consultations on the part of scholars or students who wish to do research in the Museum collections. Written request must be addressed to the Museum Director.

Activities for the public:  guided tours, lectures and workshops for children, or for further study and analysis of temporary or permanent exhibitions.

For the events calendar, costs and booking please visit the museum website.

We offer guided tours for individuals or groups (max 30 people) booking at didattica.midaticket.it. These services require creating an account. The registration process is easy, quick and free. Choose the itinerary during registration. Booking is completed when we contact you for confirmation by email or phone. 

Contact our office at: +39 051 2757244 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 am to 1 pm) or send an email to edubolognamusei@comune.bologna.it

At the time of the survey (November 2017), it was only possible to visit the Egyptian section, the lapidary collection and the temporary exhibitions room, as other areas of the museum were being renovated.

The Civic Archaeological Museum is among the experimental museums of the "Special Museums for All" project promoted by the Cultural Heritage Institute of Emilia Romagna and with the aim of promoting the active role of users with disabilities through functional and specific aids.


Motor disability and difficulty of movement


The Egyptian section is located in the basement. By contacting the staff it is possible to use the lift. The exhibition spaces are fully accessible and allow very good mobility. Even the viewing of the works on display is excellent.  To access the temporary exhibition room you need to go up 3 steps each measuring 18 cm. Again, by contacting the staff people with reduced or impaired motor skills can use a secondary entrance. The handicap restroom is located on the ground floor.


Hearing disability


Both the entrance and the spaces used as a cloak room host a number of sculptures that are not always accompanied by explanatory text or captions. Orientation in the environment is entrusted to the brochure provided at the ticket office, including colour maps and references to each room, with texts that could be improved in their readability.  Access to services for the disabled and the elevator is only possible with the assistance of internal staff. There are no means of visual communication in case of alarm in the restrooms or in the lift. The Egyptian section in the basement includes explanatory panels. However, the captions - hard to see and far from the objects to which they refer - may make an autonomous visit difficult. The educational section makes available some self-produced material that is very clear and understandable.



Visual disability


The museum has exhibits that are mainly preserved under glass, but in some sections (especially the Egyptian Section and Lapidario) original works and reproductions can be explored with touch. The experience can be done either with the help of museum educational staff or autonomously. The museum educational staff combines expertise and passion in welcoming the visually impaired. There are no explanatory materials in Braille or in large print, and captions are difficult to read for visually impaired visitors.

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