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Palazzo Pepoli. Museo della Storia di Bologna

via Castiglione 8 - 40124 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 19936370

Reference maps: D-4

Date of last update: 07/01/2019, 10:13

The Heart of Genus Bononiae, Palazzo Pepoli - Museo della Storia di Bologna (Museum of the history of Bologna) –recounts the history, culture and transformations of Bologna, from 'Felsina etrusca' to modern times.

The museum  Palazzo Pepoli - Museo della Storia di Bologna is part of Bologna Welcome Card network. Free entry for the Card holders. 

The museum speaks to a wide and varied audience: Bologna citizens wishing to rediscover the history and cultural heritage of their city; tourist; school children, university students, foreigners living in Bologna, and so on.

The exhibition was designed by the world renowned architect and designer Mario Bellini, while the graphic design was the work of Italo Lupi, a ground-breaking Italian graphic designer.
Palazzo Pepoli was transformed into a unique and innovative global and interactive museum which adds lustre to other local museums, by supporting them in four ways: through cross-references, with key themes signalled at the video points in each of the city museums; through coordinated educational activities; through loans of works and discoveries and through scientific cooperation initiatives launched by Bologna’s museums and cultural entities. This concerted effort reinforces overall museum projects.

Palazzo Pepoli, Museo della Storia di Bologna tells the story of the city and its inhabitants from the Etruscan period to the present day, offering a sequence of exhibition units built around key episodes, symbolic figures, anecdotes and cross-cutting themes.
The story is experienced by visitors as they observe an artful combination of objects, images and multimedia.

The itinerary is divided into sections, organised chronologically and around major themes: 

- The painted city
- The tower of time 
- Bologna in ancient times (rooms 1-4) 
- The Medieval era (rooms 5-7 and 9-10) 
- Forma Urbis (room 8) 
- The Renaissance of the Bentivoglio family (rooms 11-12) 
- Bologna in the spotlight: politics, religion and the rituals of collective life (rooms 13-16) 
- Bologna "the Learned": arts, science, humanities, music (rooms 17-19 and 21-22) 
- Multimedia space and virtual theatre 
- City of water (room 20) 
- From the eighteenth to the twentieth century (rooms 23-28) 
- A time not so near nor so far (rooms 29-32) 
- City of languages (room 33) 
- Culture room 

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.

  • Free entry for Bologna Welcome Card holders*
  • Combined and single tickets are available for all museums of Genus Bononiae. Info (in Italian) on www.genusbononiae.it
  • Palazzo Pepoli. Museo della Storia di Bologna, Palazzo Fava. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, San Colombano. Collezione Tagliavini, Santa Maria della Vita are part of the Musei Metropolitani Card circuit. details

*During temporary exhibitions the ticket is reduced

Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 7pm
closed on Monday