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Museo Civico Medievale

Via Manzoni, 4 - 40121 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 2193930; +39 051 2193916 (biglietteria)

Fax +39 051 232312

Reference maps: C-3

Date of last update: 18/05/2020, 17:28

Ever since 1985, the Medieval Civic Museum (Museo Civico Medievale) has been located in Palazzo Ghisilardi-Fava, in the heart of Bologna and contributes to illustrating its history thanks to its precious collections.

The most significant part of the museum is made up mainly of the numerous testimonies of Medieval Bologna starting with the ancient early-Medieval 7th-9th century artefacts. Another important section is dedicated to works by some the most important artists active in Bologna during the 15th and 16th centuries, including Giambologna’s famous Neptune model. The collection is completed by a rich collection of weapons, ivory and glass and a section dedicated to ancient illuminated manuscripts.

The Medieval Civic Museum 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.

The access to the museum is allowed only by advance purchase of online ticketFurther information on how to access and visit, are available on the Istituzione Bologna Musei website. 

full € 6.00    

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

Monday, Wednesday, Friday closed; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6.30pm

Guided tours, educational services, bookshop, conference room, access for the disabled, Italian captions, audioguides Italian and English.
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 edubolognamusei@comune.bologna.it

Motor disability or difficulty of movement

The rooms in the museum aren’t very large, but moving inside them is easy. Please note that in order to reach room 3 you need to climb a 14 cm high step without a handrail or any other aids. In some rooms the display cases where artworks are exhibited are slightly too high, but they’re all well lit. Museum labels are sometimes too high for visitors in wheelchairs and written in letters and fonts that are too small. The light is good and uniformly distributed.
Since this museum has a complex structure, you are advised to carefully read the detailed descriptive file.


Hearing disability

The museum may be difficult to visit because the rooms are located on three different floors. The rooms are clearly marked and descriptive sheets and the brochure available at the entrance help visitors to easily find rooms and artworks. Some panels and explanatory sheets are clear, even if the texts require good linguistic comprehension ability. Toilets can be reached using the lift and are clearly marked. The signs in the lift use icons readable by the disabled. Neither the toilets nor the lift are equipped with emergency visual notification devices.


Visual disability

Most of the artworks are exhibited in display cases. Nevertheless some of them can be touched after having informed the staff of the museum. There are no aids in braille or in large print and labels are difficult to read for partially sighted visitors.

For more info please visit here.