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The strange story of Museum Capellini's Diplodocus 1909 - 2019

From: 4/10/2019 - To: 20/01/2020

Museo Geologico Capellini - via Zamboni 63, Bologna

Phone +390512094555

Reference maps: c-6

Date of last update: 20/01/2020, 17:21

The Museums of Alma Mater are always full of surprises.
This occasion marks the 200th anniversary of the U.S.A. diplomatic presence in Florence. Right after the unification of Italy, the University of Bologna stands out for its great interest in the Republic of North America.
Giovanni Capellini, a young and brilliant geologist, realizes that the huge paleontological sites beyond the Atlantic Ocean constitute a great opportunity for research and for valorization. He knew that American scientists, with their incredible capacities, were already working in this direction, since the beginning of the 19th century. This is the reason why Capellini took a trip to the United States in 1863, marking the commencement of a solid relationship that culminated in 1909 with the donation of one of the casts of the Diplodocus carnegiei by Andrew Carnegie.
An extraordinary story that is worth being told.

  • From: 4/10/2019
  • To: 20/01/2020

Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 1pm
Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays: 10am - 6pm
Closed on December 24 and 25, January 1

Standard ticket 3€
Reduced-rate tickets 1€: school group without a booked school visit
Free admission: children aged 0 to 6 years; school group with a booked school visit