The heart of Genus Bononiae, Palazzo Pepoli. The History Museum of Bologna (Museo della Storia di Bologna) is the site of a museum dedicated to history, culture and the transformation of Bologna, from the Etruscan "Felsina" up until the modern day.
The history of the city and its inhabitants is told via a series of nuclei exhibitions focused on key episodes, symbolic figures, anecdotes and transversal themes. The presentation uses a combination of objects, images and multi-media elements.
The design and the exhibition were coordinated by the internationally famous architect and designer Mario Bellini and the graphic project was managed by the architect Italo Lupi, a leading Italian graphic artist.
On 24th October 2019, Consorzio Mortadella Bologna in partnership with Genus Bononiae inaugurated a wing of the Museum entirely dedicated to Bologna Mortadella.
Telephone: +39 051 19936370
Tickets available online or call center: mon-fri 11am-4pm, +39 051 19936343 – email
- Free entry for Bologna Welcome Card holders*
- Combined and single tickets are available for all museums of Genus Bononiae. Info on website
- Palazzo Pepoli, Museum of History of Bologna, Palazzo Fava, San Colombano. Tavaglini Collection, Santa Maria della Vita are part of Card Cultura circuit.
*During exhibitions available concession tickets.
- Art & Culture
The entrance does not present any difficulty for the hearing impaired.
Introductory panels help you to access and visit the facility on your own.
The theme of the museum is unique, the history of Bologna, and the descriptive panels are in chronological order; rooms are equipped with cards introducing the exhibition, period by period, in foreign languages, translating what is exposed in a series of hall panels. Traditional exhibition methods alternate to innovative paths, which use a multiplicity of channels and codes.
The language of the explicative panels requires medium linguistic skills, the understanding is supported by the use of graphics and visual supports, image combinations, text and installations that on the whole make the content accessible.
There is the possibility to gain more information from the website, where you can download the brochure, the map of the museum, the description of the building and of the museum as well as the scheduled programme of events and educational visits.
There are no means of visual communication in case of alarm both in the bathrooms and in the lift.
Motor disability and difficulty of movement
The museum is substantially accessible to everyone; however, people with reduced motor skills could find trouble in the first room (Etruscan Bologna) where an Etruscan road with very irregular paving has been rebuilt, and on the way to the Virtual Theatre, where a very long ramp is equipped with a handrail to the right; the space within the Virtual Theatre is reduced, which could be a problem to people in wheelchairs.
Audio guides, guided tours and teaching workshops > for information further details on the website www.genusbononiae.it
Tuesday to Sunday 10am- 7pm.
Closed on Mondays.
26/12, 06/01/2023: 10.00-19.00