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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: 21/05/2018, 10:23

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" explains the connection between technology development, innovation and Bologna’s economic and manufacturing fabric. 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 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 in 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. Another educational exhibit shows precious 'telluri' by Sebastiano Zavaglia, dated 1854-55.

 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 machinery, descriptions and biographies of companies, technicians and planners; stories about main actors, plus numerous other documents.

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 holders,  Bologna Welcome Card holders.

From 16 September to 15 June: Tuesday to Friday 9am - 1pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am- 6,30pm; from 16 June to 15 September: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am - 1pm; other days the museum is open only by appointment for groups of min. 5 people, booking at least 3 days in advance from Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm at 051 6356611.
Closing days: Mondays, 25th December, 1st January, 1st May and midweek holidays

  • 2 June 2018: 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)

Museo del Patrimonio Industriale