Museums and art galleries

museums and art galleries

Museum Card Carta Bologna dei Musei, Bologna's museum card, is available for either one €6 or three days €8. The museum card gives you access to the city's main museums and discounts to some others. It is available at museums and tourist offices.

museums and art galleries
Archaeological Museum
Via dell'Archiginnasio 2
+39 51 2757211
Tu-F 9AM-3PM, Sa-Su and holidays 10AM-6:30PM

This building, an old hospital, houses a comprehensive collection of antiquities including Egyptian civilization mummies and sarcophagi, iron age Villanova culture, artifacts from Etruscan Velzna, funerary art, terracotta urns, ancient vases and items from Roman times. Do not miss the bronze Certosa jar which is over 1,500 years old.

museums and art galleries
Jewish Museum
via Valdonica 1/5
+39 051.2911280
Su-Th 10AM to 6PM, F 10AM-4PM. Tickets sold until 5:15PM (3:15PM Friday). Closed Saturdays and on Jewish holidays

Located in the area of the former ghetto, this museum covers the history of Bologna's Jewish population.

museums and art galleries
Gallery of Modern Art of Bologna
Via Don Giovanni Minzoni 14. Open 10:00-18:00 Tuesday–Sunday, Th 10AM - 10PM, closed on Mondays. A nice collection of modern art, if you want a break from the more classical pieces that abound in Italy.
National Picture Gallery
Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Via Belle Arti 56, Tel: +39 051 421 1984, (http://www.pinacotecabolo...). Containing the city's most important art, it offers an interesting panorama of the Emilian and Venetian painting from the XIII to the XVIII century. A must: the works by Giotto, Raffaello, Parmigianino Madonna col Bambino/Virgin Mary with Baby and the Saints Margaret, Girolamo and Petronio, Perugino, Tiziano and Tintoretto Visitazione/Visitation and Saints Joseph and Zacharias. Open: Tu-Su – 09:00 to 19:00 free for children under 18.
The University Museums
via Zamboni. There are a number of interesting, small museums at the University in the Palazzo Poggi. These include:

The Museo Navale Naval Museum – 18th-century model warships some very large and collections of early maps 8.30-17.30 - closed Sat. and Sun. Admission free;

The Museum of Military Architechture – models of Bologna's fortifications Mon. to Fri. 8.30-17.30 - closed Sat. and Sun. Admission free;

Museo Ostetrico Obstetric Museum

The Museo Aldovrandi – the collections of the Renaissance naturalist Ulisse Aldovrandi;

Museo europeo degli Studenti - MeuS (http://www.archiviostoric...)– the Museum of european Students is about the history and culture of university students from the thirteenth to the twentieth century. Closed on monday; Admission free. Don't mis this when you are interested in student life. It' s unique.

Museo della Specola, ( Occupies the Specola, the astronomical tower built in the beginning of XVIII-century over Palazzo Poggi. The material exposed illustrates the evolution of the astronomic instrumentation through the centuries. Tours begins at the following hours for groups of 15 people maximum. June 24 till July 31 and from August 22 till September 18 from Monday to Sunday: 10:00; 11:30; 14:00 closed August 1 to 21; Sep.19-Dec.31 from Monday to Sunday: 10:00; 11:30; 14:30; 16:00. Free admission.

Museo di Antropologia
– Via Selme 3, B. Bones, and artifacts of prehistoric Italians. Open: M-F – 09:00 to 13:00. Closed: Saturday and Sunday, and all week in July and August. Free admission.
Museo di Mineralogia
Piazza di Porta San Donato. Rocks, precious stones, rare minerals and meteorites. Open: M-Sa – 09:00 to 13:00 Closed: Sunday
Museo di Anatomia Patologica
Via Massarenti. Studies of human and animal deformities. Open: M-F 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday 09:00 to 13:00. Closed: Sunday. Free admission.
Museum of Giorgio Morandi
Piazza Maggiore 6 in the city hall, (http://www.museomorandi.i...). Tu-F, 09.00 - 15.00, Saturday and Sunday 10,00 - 18,30. Full price entrance €4, discounts available. Opened in 1993, the museum houses most of the works by the Bolognese painter Giorgio Morandi.
Communal Collection of Fine Arts
Collezioni Comunali d'Arte, Piazza Maggiore 6 In the city hall Tel. +39 051 2193631/2193526, (http://www.comune.bologna...). Tu-F 9-15 Sa,Su, and holidays 10-18,30. Closed mondays. The painting collection offers works belonging to various historical periods. Special attention should be given to the paintings by Giuseppe Maria Crespi Ritratto del cardinale Lambertini- Portrait of Cardinal Lambertini, Ludovico Carracci S. Caterina in Carcere – S. Catherine in Prison, Guido Cagnacci Cleopatra e Lucrezia, Francesco Hayez Ruth.
Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna
Strada Maggiore, 34 - Palazzo Aldini Sanguinetti Tel. +39 051 2757711, +39 051 221117, (http://www.museomusicabol...). The international museum and library of music of Bologna. From Jan 1 to May 31: Tu-Su 10AM-5PM; From June 1 to July 14: Tu-Th 10AM-1:30PM, F-Su 10AM-5PM; From July 15 to September 15: Mo-We+Fr 9:30AM-4PM, Th 9:30AM-10PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6:30PM; From Sept 16 to Dec 31: Tu-Th 10AM-1:30PM, F-Su 10AM-5PM; CLOSED Mondays, Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25.
Philharmonic Academy
Accademia Filarmonica via Guerrazzi 13, tel: +39 051 222997 fax: +39 051224104, (http://www.accademiafilar...). The Philarmonic Academy of Bologna was established in 1666. Since then it has become a reference point for the city musical life and its fame has spread throughout Europe. Here are preserved the works of many illustrious students, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 1770 and autographed documents by Puccini, Verdi and Beethoven.
Modern Art Gallery «Raccolta Lercaro»
via Riva di Reno 57, tel: +39 051 472078 fax: +39 051 476802, (http://www.bologna.chiesa...). Opening/Closing Time: W-Sa 4AM-7PM; Su 10AM-1PM, 4PM-PM. It houses about 2000 works by Italian and foreign artists with special attention to the sculptures by Manzù, Messina, Rodin and Giacometti.
Museo delle Cere Anatomiche
via Irnerio 48, (http://www.museocereanato...). Opening/Closing time:M-F 9AM-1PM. Small museum containing wax anatomical models from the 17-18th centuries.
Ducati Museum
via Cavalieri Ducati, tel: +39 051 6413111 ( Opening/Closing Time: M-F guided tours at 11AM and 4PM; Sa 9AM-1PM. Closed during Easter and Christmas holidays and in August. It represents the evolution of the Bolognese motorcycle firm. An exposition of motorcycles, period materials, projects, mechanical components, pictures and videos.
Museo Civico Medievale Via Manzoni

Museo Di Fisica Via Irnerio;

Pinacoteca Nazionale Via Belle Arti;

Museo Dello Studio dell'Ottavo;

Museo Marsili Via Zamboni;

Museo Indiano Via Zamboni;

Collezione Cospi Via Zamboni;

Museo Delle Cere Anatomiche Via Zamboni;

Museo Delle Navi;

parks and gardens

Many parks were former private gardens of nobility.

Giardini Margherita (Margherita Gardens)
Viale Gozzadini. Bologna's main park created in 1875. The chalet converts to a nightclub in the summer evenings. Open: daily 06:00 to midnight.
Parco Montagnola
Piazza VIII Agosto. Public park since the 17th century. Much of the current landscaping dates from the early 19th century. The pond in the center of the park was added in 1888. Open: daily 07:00 to midnight.
Orto Botanico (Botanical Gardens)
Via Irnerio, 42 Tel: 051351280. Created in the mid-16th century for medicinal herbs. Currently the second largest park in the city the Botanical gardens are home to over 5,000 plant species. Some of the highlights include a full-grown sequoia, and a greenhouse for cacti and carnivorous plants. Open: M-F - 08:30 to 15:00, Saturday 08:00 to 13:00.
Villa delle Rose
Via Saragozza, 228/230 Tel: 051 436 818. Donated to the city in 1916, the gardens were originally owned by the Cella family. The 18th-century Villa delle Rose, which was the Cella's residence, hosts art exhibitions throughout the year. Open: Tu-Su 15:00 to 19:00.
Villa Guastavillani
Via degli Scalini, 18 Tel: 051 239 660. Designed and built by Tomasso Martelli in the 16th century. Open: M-Sa - 08:00 to 14:00.
Villa Spada
Via Casaglia, 1 Tel: 051 614 5512. On the grounds of the Palazzo Ravone an 18th century villa, it was opened to the public in 1970. Open: April to September - Tu-Su 07:30 to 22:00; October to March - Tu-Su 07:30 to 18:00.
Parco Cavaioni
Via di Casaglia. A large park featuring meadows, fields, wooded areas, and a lake. Open: April to September - 06:00 to midnight, October to March - 07:00 to 18:00.
Via della Certosa, 18, Tel: 0514 12606. Bologna's main cemetery, with beautifully carved tombstones, built over the ruins of an ancient Etrusan necropolis. Open: daily 07:00 to 18:00.
Piazza Maggiore
(http://www.comune.bologna...) Large pedestrian square located in the monumental center of the old part of the city, surrounded by the Basilica of San Petronio, the City Hall Building, the portico dei Banchi and the Palazzo del Podestà.
Via Rizzoli
One of the main streets of Bologna. It is a meeting point and strolling area. It opens up to Piazza di porta Ravegnana, where the two towers rise.
Fontana di Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune)
Piazza del Nettuno. A fountain built in 1563 by Tommaso Laureti of Palermo later embellished by Jean de Boulogne called Giambologna. It is considered to be one of Bologna’s symbols.
Corte de' Galluzzi
It can be accessed through a vault from Piazza Galvani, in front of the Archiginnasio. An area with strong Medieval tones.
Portico Walk to San Luca
Walk through the historic 666 Porticos, leaving from the Porta Saragozza at the end of Via Saragozza.
University Quarter
Via Zamboni. Full of bars and cafés. The University of Bologna is Europe's oldest university, founded over 900 years ago.