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Museums Walking Tour in Bologna (Self Guided), Bologna

Bologna, a very old and beautiful Italian city, offers many museums, some of them located in beautiful palaces built centuries ago. Take this self-guided tour to discover the most fascinating museums in Bologna.
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Museums Walking Tour in Bologna Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour in Bologna
Guide Location: Italy » Bologna (See other walking tours in Bologna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Archaeological Museum
  • International Museum and Library of Music
  • Museum of Zoology
  • University Museums
  • Torre della Specola
  • National Art Gallery of Bologna
  • Museum of Mineralogy
  • Luigi Cattaneo Wax Museum
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Archaeological Museum

1) Archaeological Museum (must see)

The Archaeological Museum is the most popular and interesting museum in Bologna. It houses one of Italy's best Egyptian collections, including mummies and treasures from ancient Egypt, as well as artwork from the Roman Empire and many precious sculptures.

Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 6 pm; Saturday – Sunday and holidays: 10 am – 6.30 pm; closed: Tuesdays (except holidays).
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International Museum and Library of Music

2) International Museum and Library of Music

The Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale, founded in 1959 to hold the Comune di Bologna’s collection of musical objects, was renamed International Museum and Library of Music in 2004 with the opening of the museum’s site, the Palazzo Sanguinetti, in the historic center of Bologna.

The institute is currently divided into two sites: an ample selection of volumes, paintings, and musical instruments is on display in the museum halls in Strada Maggiore 34 (Palazzo Sanguinetti), while the majority of bibliographic material is accessible in Piazza Rossini 2 (the ex-Convent of San Giacomo) in rooms attached to the G.B. Martini Conservatory of Music. The first floor of the Palazzo is home to the nine rooms of the exhibition, which illustrates about six centuries of the history of European music. There are over one hundred paintings of famous people from the music world, which are a part of the picture gallery started by Padre Giovanni Battista Martini, more than eighty antique musical instruments, and a large selection of valuable historical documents, such as treatises, volumes, opera libretti, letters, manuscripts, original musical scores, etc. The musical instruments displayed in the rooms of the museum originate from the collections of two important Bolognese institutions: the Museo Civico Medievale and the Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale.

Operation hours: Tuesday –Sunday: 10 am – 6:30 pm.

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Museum of Zoology

3) Museum of Zoology

The Museum of Zoology is a unique museum containing one of Italy’s most important collections. Established in 1860, its extensive collection of animal specimens date from the 16th to the 18th centuries. In the same building are also located the Museum of Comparative Anatomy and that of Anthropology.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 1 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
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University Museums

4) University Museums

The University Museums are educational attractions which include the Obstetric Museum, Naval Museum, Military Museum and others. They are located in Palazzo Poggi, a palace on the grounds of Bologna University.
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Torre della Specola

5) Torre della Specola

Torre della Specola, built in 1721, served as an astronomical observatory tower for students of the Institute of Sciences. Located on the grounds of Bologna University, today it houses the Astronomical Museum. Its design is representative of Bologna's Medieval style.
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National Art Gallery of Bologna

6) National Art Gallery of Bologna (must see)

The National Art Gallery of Bologna (Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna) is a museum in Bologna. It is located in the former Saint Ignatius Jesuit novitiate of the city's University district, and inside the same building that houses the Academy of Fine Arts.

The museum offers a wide collection of Emilian paintings from the 13th to the 18th century and other fundamental works by artists who were in some way related to the city. The gallery's first nucleus of works came from the acquisition in 1762 by monsignor Francesco Zambeccari of eight early 15th-century altarpieces, salvaged from the demolition of Saint Mary Magdalene's church. In 1997 the Gallery was complety renovated to comply the European standards, and it is one of the best known Italian art galleries, internationally known and appreciated for its space dedicated exclusively to temporary exhibitions and for its educational activities.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"

Opening hours: Tue,Wed: 8:30 am- 2 pm; Thu-Sat: 2:30 pm- 7:30 pm; Sunday: 8:30 am- 7:30 pm.
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Museum of Mineralogy

7) Museum of Mineralogy (must see)

The Museum of Mineralogy, located on one of the most beautiful squares in Bologna, is an interesting place to visit, displaying unique items such as meteorites, precious stones, other rare stones, minerals and much more.
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Luigi Cattaneo Wax Museum

8) Luigi Cattaneo Wax Museum

The Luigi Cattaneo Wax Museum is one of the many University Museums. It is not a wax museum of celebrities, as one might think. This museum displays models of human organs, including diseased ones, as it is dedicated to educating visitors.

Walking Tours in Bologna, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Bologna

Create Your Own Walk in Bologna

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bologna is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Walking Tour in Bologna

Nightlife Walking Tour in Bologna

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Southern Bologna Walking Tour

Southern Bologna Walking Tour

Southern Bologna boasts many great attractions, such as the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Saint Luca, museums and palaces with magnificent architecture. Take this self-guided tour and explore the most interesting sites in the south of Bologna.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Palaces Walking Tour of Bologna

Palaces Walking Tour of Bologna

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Specialty Shops Walking Tour in Bologna

Specialty Shops Walking Tour in Bologna

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Bologna Art Galleries Walking Tour

Bologna Art Galleries Walking Tour

Italy has given the world some of the most talented artistic masters throughout history. Bologna has a fantastic art heritage, one of the most extensive in Italy. Its galleries display priceless patrimonial and contemporary art. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most famous art galleries in Bologna.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles