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Museum of the History of Bologna

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Address: Via Castiglione 8 | Palazzo Pepoli Antico. Ultimo accesso consentito alle ore 18., 40124 Bologna, Italy
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+39 051 1993 6370
10:00 - 19:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 19:00

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Wonderful Exhibition

We had some interesting and exciting hours in this great exhibition and learned a lot about bolognian history. We really loved the "Sightseeing" in the Virtual Reality Room. It's... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lena G
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had some interesting and exciting hours in this great exhibition and learned a lot about bolognian history. We really loved the "Sightseeing" in the Virtual Reality Room. It's a little bit expensive but it's totally worth it!!!

Thank Lena G
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have the chance, go and take the "time machine" tour in the museum! You have the chance to stroll through the medieval Bologna and interact with different ancient buildings and people. In the end you can even fly over the Bologna City center. Simply amazing! The time machine tour was 13€ each, but you get a 5€ discount... More 

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Oakland, California
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8 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a well laid out museum and the audio guide is quite helpful. But the highlight for me was a documentary consisting of interviews with women who had joined the Resistance during WWII. The film is about an hour long, and it is shown on a small monitor where you have to stand to watch, but the women's stories... More 

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London, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice travel through time, the headset makes the information much more interesting and rich (it is free, from the gift shop).

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Stratton Audley
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a real eye opener because there is so much to learn and take in. The audio guide is well worth taking because it gives you quite a bit of in-depth knowledge about each period and room as you walk through. As a first time visitor to Bologna this should be a must!

Thank Martin C
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A mix of modern and old - interesting to see graffiti celebrated as art. But not spectacular. Interesting to see a futuristic walkway

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

After reading gushing reviews of the Museum of the History of Bologna, we found it splashy and a tad disappointing, long on style and short on artifacts. The explanatory texts were quite thorough, with the long versions exclusively in Italian. Briefer explanations in a range of other languages, including English, were available to pick up in each section. To get... More 

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Manaus, AM
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

This is not a huge and tiresome museum, well kept, and with a large variety of material showing the events surrounding Bologna and its history in an interesting way. One can spend anywhere between an hour or a couple of hours, depending on how much information one is prepared to take up, and if one intends to see everything, or... More 

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Reviewed 18 January 2017

A perfect view on the history of the town, without being overpowering or too scholarly. A pity that the explanations are only in Italian, however every room has leaflets in English. Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Had very nice conversation with Cesare, who went out of his way to convey information and an informal presentation of the few rooms he was attending.... More 

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Reviewed 5 January 2017

I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone, especially since Bologna has many great museums that offer magical experiences and good value. This museum is definitely not worth the 11 euro for general admission. Discounted tickets for students are still a steep 8 euro, and only on Tuesdays (why?). Strollers have to be left in lockers downstairs, which is a problem... More 

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