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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: 18/05/2020, 17:04

The International Music Museum and Library (Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica), established in 2004, is located in the historical centre of Bologna inside the prestigious Palazzo Sanguinetti and houses an extremely varied exhibition itinerary.

The exquisitely frescoed rooms of the building, which also hosted Gioacchino Rossini, house one of the most prestigious collections in terms of printed music repertoire from the 16th to the 18th centuries, for its incunabula, precious manuscripts, opera librettos, as well as for the singular collection of autographs and letters, which were the result of a correspondence held by Father Martini, the spiritual father of the Museum, with eminent characters, scholars and musicians of the period. In addition to the rooms, the Museum houses a faithful reconstruction of the workshop of the famous Bolognese luthier Otello Bignami, donated by his heirs to the Music Museum, a room for events, multimedia stations, educational workshops, as well as a temporary exhibition space and a bookshop.

The International Music Museum and Library (Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica) is part of the  Bologna Welcome Cardcircuit. Admission is free for Card holders.

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.

The access to the museum is allowed only by advance purchase of online ticket.

Further information on how to access and visit, are available on the Istituzione Bologna Musei website.

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

Closed on Monday - Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 10.00am-1.00pm | 3.30pm-6.30pm Sat and Sun  10.00am-6.30pm

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.

For more info please visit here.