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Museo del Tessuto e della Tappezzeria “Vittorio Zironi”

c/o Villa Spada, Via di Casaglia 3, 40135 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 2194528 / 2193916 (biglietteria Museo Civico Medievale)

Reference maps: M-9

Date of last update: 11/02/2020, 09:59

The Museum of Texture and Upholstery, which was founded by the upholstery art master Vittorio Zironi and originally hosted in 1966 in some rooms of Palazzo Salina Brazzetti, was moved in 1990 to Villa Spada, also known as Villa Ravone taking its name from the nearby river. The collections, which were assembled by the founder soon after the war with the help of colleagues and collectors, initially had the peculiarity of including fabrics, accessories, trimmings and processing tools used over the centuries in the field of upholstery. Later on the collection was extended to finished products like dresses, embroidered objects, drawings, flags, banners, archival finds and a library specialised in fabrics and interior decoration. The value of the Museum - donated by the Zironi family to the Municipality of Bologna in 2016 – is the diverse origin of its more than six thousand fabric samples and the time line they represent. The most ancient samples are the Coptic ones (Egypt) coming from some funeral sets of the period between the 4th and 12th century. However, the largest part of the collection consists of velvets, lampases, damasks, brocades, bandera canvases, taffetas, liserée, gobelines, made by important manufacturers, both local and foreign, between the 16th and 19th century. The oriental fabrics are also precious: Japanese, Persian and Caucasian but also Egyptian and Turkish, including a rich collection of ottoman caftans of the 18th-19th century. Other important collections are made of robes and liturgical sets dating between the 18th and 20th century; the hats and dresses made by renowned modistries and tailors, not only from urban areas, between the 19th and 20th century; the embroidered artifacts, both Eastern and Italian, like Aemilia Ars (Bologna) and Ranieri of Sorbello (Perugia), which describe a craft capable of adapting ancient processing techniques at the beginning of the 20th century. In some rooms there are also some fabric production tools like a loom dating back to the end of the 14th century and another from the 18th century, to which the Jacquard system with perforated cards was later applied. In recent years the museum has distinguished itself thanks to the activity of the renowned restoration laboratory present within its premises.

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

by car:  ring road exit n° 5 Lame, follow via Marco Polo and then via Zanardi until Porta Lame; turn right and keep going until Porta Saragozza, then turn right and take via Saragozza until the crossroad with via di Casaglia

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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

Friday 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am-6.30pm

closed: Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, May 1st, and midweek holidays 

Temporarily closed for extraordinary maintenence

bookshop | differently-abled access | cloackroom for individuals | guided tours | education services for schools | workshops for families | library | hystorical archive | event venue rentals

Motor disability and difficulty of movement


The museum rooms allow good ability to move and rest. Before the entrance door there are two consecutive steps measuring 17 and 12 cm high, without handrails. At the ticket office it is possible to request a mobile ramp, which, once installed, has a slope of approximately 15%. The intercom is at a height of 130 cm.  Currently there are no public restrooms.


Hearing disability


The museum is situated entirely on the ground floor. Orientation is possible with the help of maps in each of the rooms. Each map is printed front and back, and for each of the four walls it indicates, marked with letters, the name of the numbered works on display. Not all works are included and some have been moved. An autonomous visit may be difficult due to the brief description of what is present in the hall and its origin. The visibility of some works from the permanent collection may be limited in case of temporary exhibitions.  In some rooms there are explanatory panels that are not always easy to read.



Visual disability


The items are mainly preserved under glass, but with the assistance of museum educational staff it is possible to explore some of them tactilely. Operators show great commitment to compensate for the lack of specific training in working with the visually impaired. There are no explanatory materials in Braille or in large print and captions are difficult to read for visually impaired visitors.

Museo del Tessuto e della Tappezzeria "Vittorio Zironi"