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Museo del Patrimonio Industriale (fornace Galotti)

Via della Beverara 123 - 40131 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 6356611

Fax +39 051 6346053

Reference maps: L-10

Date of last update: 06/05/2019, 15:22

The Museum of Industrial Heritage is located on the northern outskirts of Bologna, in a structure that was once a brickworks on the banks of the Navile, a navigable channel that once ran through the city.

The Museum of Industrial Heritage is part of Bologna Welcome Card network. Free entry for the Card holders. 

The brickworks was built in 1887 with its non-stop cycle Hoffmann kiln. It produced bricks, Marseille roof tiles and fired bricks using the top-quality clay present locally. At the end of the century, Galotti expanded enough to need another Hoffmann kiln. Some traces of this second kiln are still visible in the courtyard. The factory was abandoned after closing in 1966. The City of Bologna later purchased it and renovated it between 1984 and 1990. The brickworks was completely converted to host the museum, other activities and institutions.

On the ground floor

On the ground floor

A description of the history of the first Hoffmann kiln, brick manufacturing, and the packaging district of Bologna is posted under the external portico. Inside the kiln, you can visit the area: 'Learning How to Design and Build Machines', with the history of technical education and technological progress in Bologna in the 19th and 20th centuries.

On the first floor

The area called "From Excellence to the Future"  is dedicated to the dynamics and technologies of the contemporary Bologna industry. The hall is divided into three areas: "Inside the Economy of Bologna", "The Senses of Machines", "The Rooms of Excellence". It presents the latest news, studies and research about the Bolognese economy and that of the global market. Examples, exhibits and filmed sequences document recent applications of technology research. The facility provides teaching laboratories for schools, divided into sections with specific tools to guide students through experimentation and observation so they can understand scientific issues such as sources of energy (water, vapour, electricity), the chemical composition of some elements (water and air), the Solar System and the process of silk production.

The Museum of Industrial Heritage opened a new section dedicated to astronomy on 12th October 2013.  The well-curated and spectacular exhibit “L'Officina delle Stelle” (the factory of stars) helps visitors observe the Universe through a huge diorama of the Solar System. Experts can appreciate the careful selection of objects chosen among the most famous and debated for their unique characteristics. Another educational exhibit shows precious 'telluri' dated 1854-55 and made by Sebastiano Zavaglia who, at the time, was the the director of the Gabinetto Aldini di Fisica e Chimica Applicate (Aldini Cabinet for Applied Physics and Chemistry).

The area called "From Excellence to the Future"  is dedicated to the dynamics and technologies of the contemporary Bologna industry. The hall is divided into three areas: "Inside the Economy of Bologna", "The Senses of Machines", "The Rooms of Excellence". It presents the latest news, studies and research about the Bolognese economy and that of the global market. Examples, exhibits and filmed sequences document recent applications of technology research. The facility provides teaching laboratories for schools, divided into sections with specific tools to guide students through experimentation and observation so they can understand scientific issues such as sources of energy (water, vapour, electricity), the chemical composition of some elements (water and air), the Solar System and the process of silk production.

The Museum of Industrial Heritage opened a new section dedicated to astronomy on 12th October 2013.  The well-curated and spectacular exhibit “L'Officina delle Stelle” (the factory of stars) helps visitors observe the Universe through a huge diorama of the Solar System. Experts can appreciate the careful selection of objects chosen among the most famous and debated for their unique characteristics. Another educational exhibit shows precious 'telluri' dated 1854-55 and made by Sebastiano Zavaglia who, at the time, was the the director of the Gabinetto Aldini di Fisica e Chimica Applicate (Aldini Cabinet for Applied Physics and Chemistry).

 On the second floor

On the second floor

The exhibition tells of the city's long industrial history through a series of themes:

 - Silk and water in Bologna from the 15th to 18th centuries, when the city was the world leader of silk manufacturing thanks to hydraulic energy (artificial hydraulic system) and the advanced technology of the Bologna silk mills. Reliefs, large machinery models (of a silk mill), video and interactive displays, and a slide presentation reconstruct the organization of manufacturing during the period;
 - The machinery culture in Bologna in the early 20th century, displayed through workshops and the contribution of professionals;
 - Sectors of the modern industrial district like motor design and manufacturing, biomedical technology and especially automated packaging machinery. The exhibition includes actual restored machinery, descriptions and biographies of companies, technicians and planners; stories about main actors, plus numerous other documents.

Automatic wrapping machine ACMA 713

Automatic wrapping machine ACMA 713

ACMA kick-started Bologna’s first automation process with the 713 wrapping machine. The company was founded by Gaetano Barbieri,
partner of Arturo Gazzoni, for the production of Idrolitina: a powder which, dissolved in water to make it fizzy and give it a pleasant taste,
was sold in sachets and packaged by hand. The 713, at 2700 packs per hour, cut costs and enabled accurate control of production.

“ACMA 713 automatic wrapping machine",
1927 Museo del Patrimonio Industriale
Photographic Library

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

by car: Ring road exit  n. 5 direction city center.

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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)
  • Musei Metropolitani Card holders
  • Bologna Welcome Card holders

16 September - 15 July: Tuesday to Friday 9am-1pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am- 6:30pm; 
16 July - 15 September: open ONLY by appointment for groups, booking at least 3 days in advance from Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm at +390516356611
Closed: Monday, 25th December, 1st January, 1st May and midweek holidays

2019 Spring holidays opening hours: 

21 April (Easter): 10:00 am - 6:30pm
22 April: closed
25 April: closed
1 May: closed


book-shop, educational department, exhibition rooms, conference room, structures for the disabled, captions (Italian and English); everyday for schools and organized groups upon telephone booking at the Museum (from 9 am to 12 pm)

Motor disability and difficulty of movement

Practically all the rooms and grounds of the museum are accessible to people with disabilities and mobility limitations. The entrance has a manual revolving door that could create some difficulties, but there is an intercom to request assistance and the possibility to enter through a side entrance. Restrooms for disabled persons on the first and second floors are accessible by lift, but do not have a sprayer.

 

Hearing disability

Autonomous visits by people with hearing disabilities are facilitated by introductory panels, videos and touchscreens. However, the lack of signage or orientation within the exhibit (map of the museum, floor plans) and the absence of subtitles or guide videos with sign language can make autonomous use of content difficult. There are no means of visual communication in case of alarm in the restrooms or in the lift.

 

Visual disability

The museum is 250 m from the bus stop, but it is possible to arrange the presence of a guide at the bus stop who will accompany disabled visitors to the entrance along a route that is quite difficult. The exhibition can be explored tactilely by reservation with a guide from the museum's educational service. Operators show great commitment to compensate for the lack of specific training in working with the visually impaired. Captions and room communications are difficult to read for those who are visually impaired. There is no text in Braille or large print.

Museo del Patrimonio Industriale

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