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Museo Nazionale del Soldatino "Mario Massaccesi"

c/o Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati, Via Toscana 19, 40138 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 348 4718138

Reference maps: N-11

Date of last update: 23/10/2018, 12:39

The Historical Museum of Toy Soldiers, founded in 1973 by Mario Massaccesi, is hosted in the Aldrovandi Mazzacorati Villa. Its collection lists about 15.000 pieces, which cover the entire time span of this kind of production (from the beginning of the 19th century onwards). The materials to make the toy soldiers are extremely varied - paper, lead, tin, plaster, wood paste, plastic and so on - as are the origins and type of production (unique pieces and in series).

Among the curiosities to cite are: miniature painted cardboard soldiers that once belonged to the poet Giacomo Leopardi, the flat tin "Nuremberg" soldiers, hand-painted models in paste, chalk, plastic and hard rubber and lead soldiers dating from the middle of the 19th century up to the first years of the 20th century. Furthermore, there are thematic collections (Carabinieri, The Foreign Legion) and historical reconstructions. Among the rare items to highlight are: paper soldiers of the Pontifical Army (1820), Hillpert of Nuremberg (beginning of the 19th century), Pellerin d'Epinal (1870), Adam Schweitzer (1820), Lucotte (1900), G. Schneider (1903), Furth (1880-1910); moreover, moulds, war-game gear, dioramas, war machines of the years 1910-1940 made of tin are also exposed.

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

by car: ring road exits n. 12 direction city center.
by car sharing: you can reach your destination by yourself with Auting, a peer to peer car sharing service. Let’s search for the car that best suits your needs on auting.it , get in touch with the owner and let’s start your trip!

Temporarily closed from Monday to Saturday; Sunday 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Closing days: midweek holidays. Visits by appointments can be arranged for groups of max 10 people at other times. 

  • Closed from 1 July to 8 September 2018. Visits by appointments can be arranged for groups of max 10 people also in August.

We always suggest calling for confirmation tel. +39 348 4949485 / 348 4718138.

bookshop, guided visits upon booking 

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