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.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.