Founded by the upholstery master Vittorio Zironi, the Museum of Textiles and Upholstery is set up inside Villa Spada just outside Bologna’s historical city centre.
Its collection includes fabrics, accessories, trimmings and working tools used in the upholstery sector down the centuries as well as finished items, archive testimonies and a library which is highly specialized in the study of fabric and the art of interior design. The Coptic (Egyptian) fabrics dating back to the 4th and 12th centuries are particularly prestigious as well as the Oriental, Japanese, Persian and Caucasian fabrics.
Some halls also display tools for textile production processes. Over the past few years, the museum has also became well-known for its restoration workshop.
Telephone: +39 051 2194528 / 2193916 (biglietteria Museo Civico Medievale)
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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.
bookshop | differently-abled access | cloackroom for individuals | guided tours | education services for schools | workshops for families | library | hystorical archive | event venue rentals
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am-6.30pm
closed: Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, May 1st, and midweek holidays
Temporarily closed for extraordinary maintenence