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Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica

c/o Palazzo Aldini Sanguinetti, Strada Maggiore 34, 40125 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 2757711

Fax +39 051 2757728

Reference maps: D-5

Date of last update: 10/01/2020, 10:52

The International Museum and Library of Music opened in 2004. It is located in the historical city centre of Bologna in Palazzo Sanguinetti.

The International Museum and Library of Music is part of Bologna Welcome Card network. Free entry for the Card holders. 

The items on display in the exquisitely painted rooms are vastly varied, as can be seen starting in Rooms two and three, named after Giambattista Martini. Here, you will find a collection of the composer’s important historical documents: treaties, volumes, opera booklets, letters, manuscripts and original scores. These rooms host several paintings portraying Martini and important musical figures of his time such as Amadeus Mozart and J.S. Bach.

The itinerary includes other rooms dedicated to artists and periods: Room 4 (known as L'Idea della Musica, or "The idea of music"), is dedicated to the musical theorists of the 15th and 16th centuries; Room 5 (Sala delle Arti, or Room of the Arts) includes very rare musical texts dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries; Room 6 is dedicated to the 18th century and Carlo Broschi, otherwise known as "Farinelli"; Room 7 covers the 19th century and Gioachino Rossini; Room 8 includes 18th and 19th century books and instruments. The last room homages two important figures of the Bolognese musical scene: Giuseppe Martucci and Ottorino Respighi.

The Museum also includes a faithful reproduction of the laboratory of the famous Bolognese lute-maker Otello Bignami, donated by his heirs. There is also a conference hall, multimedia points, educational labs, an area for temporary exhibitions and a bookshop.

While preserving and promoting the legacy of classical music, the Museum also creates opportunities for research and promotion, addressed to students of music and music lovers of all ages.

Bookshelves with music books

Bookshelves with music books

The work seems to depict a glimpse of the Padre Martini’s bookshelf, from which it originates: among the various writing instruments placed here and there, the shelves feature music practice books, or scores, and written works about theoretical and speculative music, whose
inscriptions on the spines recall the more than forty titles present in the book collection.

Giuseppe Maria Crespi (1665-1747)
oil on canvas, circa 1720/1730
Museo della Musica (Music Museum)
Room 3

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

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits n. 11/11bis-12 direction city center.

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

Tuesday to Sunday and holidays 10am - 6:30pm
Closed on Mondays, 1st January, 1st May, 25th December, 24th and 31th December with early closing at 2pm

Motor disability and difficulty of movement


The museum can present some challenges for people with disabilities and mobility impairments. In fact, at the entrance there are two steps without handrails and the intercom to call the personnel is at the second step at a height of 150 cm from the ground. To climb the steps the staff can install two mobile aluminium rail ramps, which have a slope of approximately 20%. Those in a wheelchair wider than 74 cm cannot be guaranteed access to all the exhibition halls.


Hearing disability

Autonomous access and visits by people with hearing disabilities can be difficult due to the lack of introductory panels, videos or other visual aids to facilitate orientation and understanding of the exhibition. In some environments there are particular acoustics, and sometimes music input during exhibitions, without any visual notification. There are no means of visual communication in case of alarm in the restrooms or in the lift.


Visual disability


For the most part the items are held in display cases. Nonetheless, in some rooms you can explore some of them tactilely, by reservation, with gloves and educational assistance provided by the museum's staff, which is well prepared to work 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.

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