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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: 06/03/2020, 19:01

The Industrial Heritage Museum (Museo del Patrimonio Industriale) is located north of Bologna in the former Galotti furnace along the Navile, the city’s old waterway. 

The museum is entirely dedicated to Bologna industry. While the first floor focuses on more contemporary aspects by analysing the latest studies on the economy and the new applications of technological research, the second floor focuses more on history with three main topics: water and silk during the 15th-18th centuries, mechanics in the early 1900s and the productive sector of the modern industrial district (motoring, biomedical, production of automatic packaging machines). In 2013, a new section dedicated to astronomy was introduced.

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

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

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

by car sharing: you can reach your destination by yourself with Auting, a peer to peer car sharing service. Let’s search for the car that best suits your needs on auting.it , get in touch with the owner and let’s start your trip!

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

From September 16th to July 15th:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9am to 1pm;
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6:30pm

From July 16th to September 15th:
Opening ONLY by reservation for groups of at least 5 people.

Closed: Monday, December 25, January 1 and May 1.

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.

For more information please visit here.

Museo del Patrimonio Industriale