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Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna (National Gallery)

National gallery

Via delle Belle Arti 56, 40126 Bologna (BO)

Phone +390514209411

Fax +39051251368

Reference maps: C-5

Date of last update: 02/03/2020, 16:00

The National Gallery of Bologna (Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna) is located a few minutes from the Two Towers inside the 17th-century former Jesuit novitiate of St. Ignatius. It was opened to the public in 1885 and was entirely renovated in 1997 and is now considered among the most modern and important National Galleries.

Its collection, with its first catalogue dating back to 1827, includes artwork from some of the leading Italian artists of the Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque periods, such as Raphael, Perugino, Tintoretto, Titian, the Carraccis, Guercino and Reni. In addition to its permanent collection, the art gallery also hosts medium and large temporary exhibitions, educational activities, seminars and conventions.

In addition, the palace is home to the Academy of Fine Arts and the Superintendence for Historic, Artistic and Ethno-Anthropological Heritage therefore combining the display, safeguarding, preservation and study of the historic and cultural heritage.

The Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna is part of Bologna Welcome Card network. Free entry for the Card holders. 

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

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exit n. 9 direction city center.


Tickets can be purchased in one of the two museums, is valid for the second museum on same or different day.

Full € 6.00;
reduced € 2.00 for visitors aged 18 to 25 (only for European Community citizens), full-time teachers;

Free admission for Musei Metropolitani Card owners , minors under 18 years (only for European Community citizens) and Bologna Welcome Card owners.

Free entry in the following dates:
first Sunday of the month from October to March
October 4th
Dicember 26-27-28-29

There are no reductions for groups and the groups can enter max 30 persons.

No reservations nor pre-sale of tickets.

To have your free or reduced ticket please present proof of your specific category at the ticket desk.

Opening hours JULY and AUGUST

Tuesday and Wednesday 8.30 - 14
from Thursday to Sunday 13.45 - 19.30

Opening hours from SEPTEMBER to JUNE

Tuesday to Sunday: 8.30 - 19.30
midweek holidays: 8.30 - 19.30

closing days: Mondays, 25th of December and 1st of January

The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the closing hours

Closed 8 January for week rest

The Museum doesn’t have services of guided tours, audio guides, bookshop, restaurant or coffee shop.

Access for disabled people to the ticket office by ramp
to the exhibition rooms by elevator and dedicated platforms
to the toilets at the basement floor by elevator

Pinacoteca Nazionale