The Museo Civico Archeologico (Archaeological Civic Museum), one of the city's most prestigious institutions, is located in the 15th century Palazzo Galvani, located in the city centre, just a few steps from Piazza Maggiore.
Opened to the public in 1881, it is mostly known for its Egyptian collection, the third largest in Italy and among the most important in Europe. Its Roman, Greek and Etruscan-Italic sections are also well-stocked - the latter constitutes the most important part of the Museum and documents the development of Felsina. There is also a newly-refurbished Gallery of plaster casts, the Gallic section and one of the main numismatic collections in Italy.
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At the time of the survey (November 2017), it was only possible to visit the Egyptian section, the lapidary collection and the temporary exhibitions room, as other areas of the museum were being renovated.
The Civic Archaeological Museum is among the experimental museums of the "Special Museums for All" project promoted by the Cultural Heritage Institute of Emilia Romagna and with the aim of promoting the active role of users with disabilities through functional and specific aids.
Motor disability and difficulty of movement
The Egyptian section is located in the basement. By contacting the staff it is possible to use the lift. The exhibition spaces are fully accessible and allow very good mobility. Even the viewing of the works on display is excellent. To access the temporary exhibition room you need to go up 3 steps each measuring 18 cm. Again, by contacting the staff people with reduced or impaired motor skills can use a secondary entrance. The handicap restroom is located on the ground floor.
Both the entrance and the spaces used as a cloak room host a number of sculptures that are not always accompanied by explanatory text or captions. Orientation in the environment is entrusted to the brochure provided at the ticket office, including colour maps and references to each room, with texts that could be improved in their readability. Access to services for the disabled and the elevator is only possible with the assistance of internal staff. There are no means of visual communication in case of alarm in the restrooms or in the lift. The Egyptian section in the basement includes explanatory panels. However, the captions - hard to see and far from the objects to which they refer - may make an autonomous visit difficult. The educational section makes available some self-produced material that is very clear and understandable.
The museum has exhibits that are mainly preserved under glass, but in some sections (especially the Egyptian Section and Lapidario) original works and reproductions can be explored with touch. The experience can be done either with the help of museum educational staff or autonomously. The museum educational staff combines expertise and passion in welcoming 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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