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Museo Civico Archeologico

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Address: Via Dell'Archiginnasio 2, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 051 275 7211
09:00 - 15:00
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:30

The Civic Archaeological Museum of Bologna is located in the heart of the...

The Civic Archaeological Museum of Bologna is located in the heart of the city, inside Palazzo Galvani, close to Piazza Maggiore and the Church of San Petronio. The first construction of this building dated back to the XV century. Modifications and renovations continued up to 1881, when it was definitively opened to the public as a Museum.You can reach the Museum using any bus that runs through Piazza Maggiore. This museum is among the most important in archeological finds in Italy and is highly representative of the local history from prehistoric period to Roman Age. Additionally, its ancient Egyptian collection is among the most important in Europe.

Opening hours

Tue-Fri: 9AM-3PM

Sat, Sun and holidays: 10AM - 6,30PM

Closed on Monday,New Year's day, 1st of May,Christmas Day.


Ordinary ticket: Euro 5 (visitors 19-65 years old);

Reduced Euro 3;

Children and youngs (0-18): free

Access for disabled visitors


Audioguides and QR code

Specialized library with a reading lounge.

Historic archive (available for consultation with an appointment)

Photographic archive (available for consultation with appointment or by written request)

Wardrobe: visitors are not allowed to enter in the Museum with bags, umbrellas and other large objects. It is possible to put personal effects inside appropriate boxes with keys. The wardrobe doesn't accept large cases or packs.

Bookings are obligatory only for groups with a guide

Standard photos, digital photos, videos and films are allowed but only without flash or other enlightening objects and exclusively for personal use and not for commercial purposes.

Inside the Museum smoking, eating or drinking are not allowed.

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Admission is included in the Bologna Welcome Card. The museum is excellent, beautifully laid out and very enjoyable.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Malcolm W
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Admission is included in the Bologna Welcome Card. The museum is excellent, beautifully laid out and very enjoyable.

Thank Malcolm W
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Holidays get very busy, especially when you are in Italy for the first time and are soaking up the history. We left our visit to this museum just a bit too late in day, and found that when we reached the collections that interested us, the museum staff were informing visitors it was time to leave. We had not checked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I absolutely loved this museum. It is big and, yet, not-so-big, distributed on three levels, easy to wander through for hours, and jam-packed with rare, priceless artifacts. Yes, most of the displays either don't have much written information or only have it in Italian, but, without much knowledge, one can still understand the general ideas and concepts of the items... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I'd echo other traveler's sentiments about the collections being displayed in an old-fashioned way but there are several interesting artifacts in this museum. Of the quirkier objects...in the Egyptian collection, there's a display of a cat coffin & several cat mummies. The rescued Frescos are beautiful if a little faded. There are also fully intact Etruscan burial sites. And of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

The museum exhibits some Etruscan and Roman findings of Bologna. It has a big Greek vase collection and one of Italy's largest Egyptian artifacts from Saqqara. While at the time of my visit, most of the visitors were foreigners, there was little information available in English in most of the exhibition halls. There is a small photocopied leaflet with some... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Lots of stuff, some of it interesting, some exquisite, most fair to poor, all displayed the way museums operated over 100 years ago.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is an old-fashioned museum where the cases are loaded with "stuff", little information is provided or it is the kind of detail that is of interest to the already knowledgable. On the other hand, most of the "stuff" is interesting, though the place does not set out to entertain. Basically there is an enormous amount of objects acquired through... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I'll state the obvious: you have to be interested in antiquities to be delighted by this museum. If you are, you have a wonderful treat in store. The depth and variety of the exhibits is incredible--the collections are so rich that they've stuck the amazing plaster casts of Greek and Roman statues in the cloakroom, so I knew from the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took a stroll through this interesting collection. This is not a huge museum but interesting in that is features lots of artifacts found in the area. You can learn quite a bit about man's journey from Neolithic to Iron Age by seeing burial finds in and around Bologna. Worth a couple of hour stroll

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

It's a fairly typical mid-sized town history museum really. Lots of labelled excavated items in glass cabinets, mostly pretty well preserved, lots of tickets on them, audio guides available. Not huge but nice enough. I'm aware this is lazy of me but I'm used to these things having English signs or guidebooks alongside the native languages though! There was occasional... More 

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