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 Cardholders.
groups of min. 10 people, Comune di Bologna Family Card and YoungERcard holders
reduction € 2.00: visitors from 18 to 25
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
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)
Museum: 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. Biblioteca della musica: Tuesday to Saturday 9:30am - 1:30pm. Thursday 9:30am - 1:30pm, 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Closed on Mondays and holidays.
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.