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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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I did an exchange program in Bologna, and this was really good to understand everything. How it was hundreds of years ago, and the history within the city. Go guided or go home... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 May 2014
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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

I did an exchange program in Bologna, and this was really good to understand everything. How it was hundreds of years ago, and the history within the city. Go guided or go home, there is not much to read in english, so take a audio guide.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

Bologna's history, its ebbs and flows - partly reflected in the area and lay-out of the city, its connections with the history of the Italian peninsula, is fascinating and we considered this museum essential. We were surprised to find it open on a Monday. We were more surprised to discover that, while some of the exhibits are multi-media, there is... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

An audio guide is recommended, if not essential for non-Italian speakers. Interesting displays, very happy staff (especially after experiencing the bad mannered Milanese museum staff). I particularly enjoyed the artwork. I really liked the layout of the museum - its a really cool place to visit. As someone already said go to the Museum early in your visit to Bologna.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

As others have said, informative, inventive and well presented displays. Puts the city of today in context. A good idea to do early in a visit to the city - we thought we might nip around in an hour - but it was so interesting we slowed down and learned a lot. Audio guide a help. Good cafe menu for... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

For anyone interested in history, this is a wonderful museum and it gives you a real understanding of Italy's history.

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Thank Margozinha
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

This Museum is highly recommended. It is laid out in an interesting way with exhibits that bring to life the Bologna's history from the Etruscans to current times.

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

Great rich history of a great rich historical city. Get the audio guide and be ready to be surprised. The videos in some of the displays cycle around to english if you are patient--too bad they are not interactive. Alas almost nothing about the history of food though.

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Red Hook, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013

This museum was included in the Bologna card that we purchased at the Tourist Center in the Piazza Maggiore. The traditional-looking façade is transformed once you walk inside into a modern, interactive museum tracing the history of the city from its earliest beginnings until today. There are audio-guides and sub-titled films in English. The displays are imaginative and cater to... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

We spent few hours in visiting this. It was educational and instructivr with many detailed explanations about the history of bologna. We would have easily spent many more hours in it but we had to rush to another visit we had booked in advance. Bologna is charming, sweet, foody and full of culture.

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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

This museum is eminently educational. It has in fact no renowned masterpieces, and also the archaeological remains are few (however the pavement of Roman road found in the center of Bologna and reconstructed here, is amazing). The value of this museum is instead its museological effectiveness. The purpose of it is to make aware the visitor about the history and... More 

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