In 1990, the exhibition was moved to the ground floor of Casa Carducci (the home of poet Giosué Carducci), which includes a room for temporary exhibitions. The history of Bologna is intertwined with the Renaissance period, illustrated not only as a military or heroic period but also in terms of the cultural, social, political and economic life of the city.
The exhibition is divided into five themed areas:
The Napoleonic Era (1796-1814), with the reconstruction of the Tree of Freedom and objects from that period such as guns and uniforms.
The Restoration (1815-1848), including documents related to the secret society of the Carbonari and the revolutions of 1831 and 1848.
The Unification of Italy (1848-1860), including weapons, prints, uniforms and relics.
Post Unification of Italy (1861-1914), with objects and documents about Garibaldi and his followers.
Bologna at war (1915-1918) with documents about the First World War, paintings, weapons, uniforms, flags, objects relating to national history, newspapers, manifestos, prints and leaflets.
After browsing through the section of the museum about the history of Italy and Bologna, visitors can also view Casa Carducci (home of the poet Carducci), located on the second floor of the same building, where several of his memoirs are displayed. Several details recall the atmosphere of a typical middle class house of the late 19th century: floral-decorated ceilings, Venetian-style floors, hand-painted wallpaper, door frames and other details.
In Carducci's bedroom, there is a small granite washbasin that was functional as far back as 1901. In the dining room, there is an elegant round table and portraits of people that were close to Carducci. The portraits also show some of the main figures of the 19th century whom he worked with or knew. There are precious examples of Carducci's iconography (busts and portraits, photos). The collection also includes some evocative objects such as the large clock stopped at the exact moment of Carducci's death in the dining room. In his office, his framed fragment of Petrarch’s tunic and, behind the Empire-style desk, there is a famous armchair where Garibaldi would sit during his recovery from his injury in Aspromonte.
The library includes approximately 40,000 texts, books, pamphlets, extracts, periodicals and other documents, which were meticulously catalogued by Carducci himself in sober pine and walnut shelves located in the six rooms of the flat. Casa Carducci houses the poet’s rich collection of letters, 16,000 volumes of Carducci's literature, autographs and photos.
A 1928 monument by sculptor Leonardo Bistolfi in the garden honours the poet.
Full € 5.00, reduction € 3.00 (visitors over 65, visitors from 18 to 25, groups of min. 10 people, Comune di Bologna Youth Card and Family Card holders, special agreements)
Free admission: first Sunday of each month, 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, 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), Musei Metropolitani Card owners,Bologna Welcome Card holders.
Individual or group guided visits but only following initiatives promoted by the Direction of the Museum or by telephone booking; book-shop; didactic section; audiovisual and conference room; exhibition room; historical and museum advising for bibliographical and documentary research. Documents and objects can be borrowed by Bodies and Associations for the organization of exhibitions
People with reduced or impaired motor skills can access the museum through a side entrance, announcing their presence through an intercom on the entrance wall. In this way, the staff - very helpful - can set up a mobile ramp (with a slope of more than 20%) necessary to overcome two steps of 15 cm. In general the exhibition hall provides enough space to view the works on display. There are no handicap restrooms. The only toilets are located in the basement and can be reached only through a very steep staircase.
Casa Carducci is located on the first floor. The presence of spiral stairs makes it inaccessible to wheelchair users.
At the entrance visitors are given a photocopy that completely replaces the captions within the halls and is designed as a brief guide for the visit. However, an autonomous visit is difficult because the photocopy includes lots of text and few images and uses a level of language that is not always easy to understand. Also visible in the museum are a stamp collection and the Carducci residence and garden about which the visitor will find no information, so it is necessary to ask at the ticket office. There are no means of visual communication in case of alarm in the restrooms or in the lift.
The items are mainly held under glass, but some of them can be explored tactilely with the assistance of museum educational staff and by reservation only. The museum also has a tactile presentation available, developed together with the Anteros Tactile Museum of the Francesco Cavazza Institute for the Blind, which can be experienced in the classroom with booking and with the assistance of a museum operator. Casa Carducci can be visited by the visually impaired accompanied by staff, who show great commitment in assisting the visually impaired visitors and tactilely exploring much of the Carducci residence. In both museums there are no explanatory materials in Braille or in large print and captions are difficult to read for visually impaired visitors.
Museo Civico del Risorgimento e Museo di Casa Carducci