The museum is hosted on the ground floor of the Palazzo Davia Bargellini, which, erected during the 17th century, is one of the major civil buildings in Bologna for its size and nobility in plant planning. The museum, which opened to the public in 1924, is made up of two distinct nucleuses: the picture gallery and the collections of industrial art, whose fusion in the baroque halls of the museum was to create a real furnished apartment dating back to the Bolognese 18th century.
La Quadreria Davia Bargellini (The Davia Bargellini Picture Gallery)
The Davia Bargellini collection constitutes one of the very few examples of Bolognese historical collecting that are still intact. The portrait gallery, almost a genealogy in the image of the most illustrious members of the Bargellini family (by Bartolomeo Passerotti, Prospero and Lavinia Fontana), is accompanied by works by Bartolomeo Cesi and Alessandro Tiarini and examples of painting from the most ancient centuries (XIV-XV).
Le Raccolte d'Arte Industriale (The Collections of Industrial Art)
The collections of applied art (or "industrial" art) have a more heterogeneous origin. These are mainly purchases made on the antiques market or from private individuals around 1920, deposits left by Bolognese Charities and bequests of various kinds. The Bolognese sculpture from the 16th to the 19th century, as well as the Renaissance graffiti ceramics, the furniture and the art of Bolognese Baroque carving are well represented. The puppet Theatre as well as the model of a furnished building of the 18th century are also of note.
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Motor disability and difficulty of movement
The museum rooms allow good ability to move and rest. Before the entrance door there are two consecutive steps measuring 17 and 12 cm high, without handrails. At the ticket office it is possible to request a mobile ramp, which, once installed, has a slope of approximately 15%. The intercom is at a height of 130 cm. Currently there are no public restrooms.
The museum is situated entirely on the ground floor. Orientation is possible with the help of maps in each of the rooms. Each map is printed front and back, and for each of the four walls it indicates, marked with letters, the name of the numbered works on display. Not all works are included and some have been moved. An autonomous visit may be difficult due to the brief description of what is present in the hall and its origin. The visibility of some works from the permanent collection may be limited in case of temporary exhibitions. In some rooms there are explanatory panels that are not always easy to read.
The items are mainly preserved under glass, but with the assistance of museum educational staff it is possible to explore some of them tactilely. Operators show great commitment to compensate for the lack of specific training in working 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.
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- Guided tours
- Educational services
Guided tours for schools are available by appointment during the school year.
Info: Educational Department tel. +39 051 2193922 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 1pm) and +39 051 2193933 (Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 5pm) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Closed Mon, May 1st, Christmas day