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 Here, you will find a collection of the composer’s important historical documents: treaties, volumes, opera booklets, letters, manuscripts and original scores.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.
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 Cardholders
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.
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.
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.