Museums Walking Tour in Bologna, Bologna (Self Guided)

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: 3.1 km
Author: vickyc
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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: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 3 pm;

Saturday – Sunday and holidays: 10 am – 6.30 pm;

closed: Mondays (except holidays), 1st May, Christmas Day.
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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by Padre Giovanni Battista Martini, more than eighty antique musical instruments, and a large selection of valuable historical documents, such as treatises, volumes, opera libretti, letters, manuscripts, original musical scores, etc.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 – Friday: 9:30 am – 4 pm; Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 6:30 pm;

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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 - 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
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Torre della Specola

4) 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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University Museums

5) 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.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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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: from Tuesday to Sunday: 8,30am - 7,30pm. Closed on Monday;

July and August:
Tuesday and Wednesday 8,30am-2pm;
from Thursday to Sunday 1,45pm-7,30pm, closed on Monday;
*the ticket office closes half an hour before.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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.
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
Specialty Shops Walking Tour in Bologna

Specialty Shops Walking Tour in Bologna

Italians prefer to do their shopping in small specialty shops, which are numerous in Bologna. You can find anything from Italian wines, Italian hats, ceramics and books to unique designer shoes and much more. Take this self-guided tour to discover the best in Bologna’s specialty shops.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
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
Palaces Walking Tour of Bologna

Palaces Walking Tour of Bologna

Bologna is an ancient city with beautiful architecture. In these palaces you can see art by the great masters, intricately decorated interiors and luxurious old furniture. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bologna’s most historically significant palaces.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Bologna is a beautiful Italian city with a lot of spectacular sightseeing. It contains well-preserved architecture over 1,000 years old, including beautiful palaces with patrimonial art and furniture. This orientation walk will lead you to Bologna’s most popular attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Shopping Areas Tour in Bologna

Shopping Areas Tour in Bologna

Bologna offers a wide selection of shopping, having streets lined with small shops and markets. Shops follow an unusual schedule, being closed on Thursday afternoon and on Sunday. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bologna’s most interesting shops and shopping streets.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bologna for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bologna has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bologna, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.