The International Music Museum and Library (Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica), established in 2004, is located in the historical centre of Bologna inside the prestigious Palazzo Sanguinetti and houses an extremely varied exhibition itinerary.
The exquisitely frescoed rooms of the building, which also hosted Gioacchino Rossini, house one of the most prestigious collections in terms of printed music repertoire from the 16th to the 18th centuries, for its incunabula, precious manuscripts, opera librettos, as well as for the singular collection of autographs and letters, which were the result of a correspondence held by Father Martini, the spiritual father of the Museum, with eminent characters, scholars and musicians of the period.
In addition to the rooms, the Museum houses a faithful reconstruction of the workshop of the famous Bolognese luthier Otello Bignami, donated by his heirs to the Music Museum, a room for events, multimedia stations, educational workshops, as well as a temporary exhibition space and a bookshop.
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Motor disability and difficulty of movement
The museum can present some challenges for people with disabilities and mobility impairments. In fact, at the entrance there are two steps without handrails and the intercom to call the personnel is at the second step at a height of 150 cm from the ground. To climb the steps the staff can install two mobile aluminium rail ramps, which have a slope of approximately 20%. Those in a wheelchair wider than 74 cm cannot be guaranteed access to all the exhibition halls.
Autonomous access and visits by people with hearing disabilities can be difficult due to the lack of introductory panels, videos or other visual aids to facilitate orientation and understanding of the exhibition. In some environments there are particular acoustics, and sometimes music input during exhibitions, without any visual notification. There are no means of visual communication in case of alarm in the restrooms or in the lift.
For the most part the items are held in display cases. Nonetheless, in some rooms you can explore some of them tactilely, by reservation, with gloves and educational assistance provided by the museum's staff, which is well prepared to work 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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Tue, Wed, Thu 11am-1.30pm | 2.30pm- 6.30pm | Fri 10am-1.30pm | 2.30pm-7pm | Sat, Sun and hol. 10am-7pm
Closed on Mon, 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec