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Museo Civico del Risorgimento e Museo di Casa Carducci

Piazza Carducci 5, 40125 Bologna (BO)

Phone Museo: +39 051 347592; Direzione: +39 051 225583

Fax Museo: +39 051 347592; Direzione: +39 051 225583

Reference maps: E-6

Date of last update: 17/02/2020, 10:00

Located along the walls between Porta Maggiore and Santo Stefano, the building of Casa Carducci dates back to the 16th century and was initially the residence and oratory of the Confraternity of Santa Maria della Pietà. Giosuè Carducci, who moved to Bologna as a university professor, lived here, from 1890 to 1907 (the year of his death).

The Museum, which is housed on the ground floor since 1990, was established in 1893 to trace the history of Bologna from the French Revolution until the end of the First World War. The overall history of Bologna is part of the wider panorama of the period of the Italian unification, an epic undertaking, which is considered no longer exclusively from a military and heroic point of view, but as an integral part of civilian life, in its cultural, social, political and economic aspects.

The Museum of the Italian unification (Museo del Risorgimento) is part of the  Bologna Welcome Card circuit. Admission is free for Card holders. 

On the first floor there is the apartment of Carducci, which is almost intact, and its Library which documents the best of literary production from the 16th to the 19th century. Here are preserved ancient editions of rare texts, the archive of Carducci himself where he has preserved his work in verse and prose and useful testimonies to document himself and to pass on his multi-faceted activity to posterity. 

Certificate of membership in the reformed Carboneria

Certificate of membership in the reformed Carboneria

Documents such as this one invite us into the fascinating and secret world of conspirators, with their elaborate symbols, coded language and obscure initiation
rites. On blue paper, with blue, red and black ribbon (the colours of the Carboneria), the certificate records the affiliation to the secret
society of a Greek student who played a leading role in the 1831 revolution in Bologna.

Certificate of membership in the reformed
Carboneria, 1832

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 direction city center.

full € 5.00    

reduction € 3.00:

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

reduction € 2.00: visitors from 18 to 25

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

Museum and Casa Carducci: Tuesday to Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm. Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:00am - 2:00pm. Closed on Mondays, 1st May, 25th December, 1st January.
Library: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm. Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm.

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

Motor disability and difficulty of movement


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.


Hearing disability


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.


Visual disability


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.

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Museo Civico del Risorgimento e Museo di Casa Carducci