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Museo di Palazzo Poggi

Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 209 9610
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A little treasure

Anyone interested in the history of museology must visit the Museo di Palazzo Poggi. This wild and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
United Kingdom
Very glad we also did this museum!

When you visit this museum there are two things you will see, that are both well worth your effort... read more

Reviewed 28 June 2017
Bob D
Woerden, The Netherlands
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Against the extraordinary backdrop of the 16th-century wall paintings that decorate the building, the Museo di Palazzo Poggi reconstructs the paths of research and education that gave Bologna its sterling scientific reputation in the modern age: the Ulisse Aldrovandi Museum, the Ferdinando Cospi Collection, the collections amassed by Luigi Ferdinando Marsili, and the furnishings and instruments that belonged to the 18th-century Istituto delle Scienze.Based on 18th-century documentation and the scientific production of those who played a leading role during an extraordinary period in Italian culture, the museum brings a substantial part of Bologna’s scientific collections back to its 18th-century venue. It recreates the setting and system of relationships that made these collections an important part of the “scientific mentality” of the era, transforming them into essential documents that now allow us to interpret the modern scientific culture.
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Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 209 9610
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Anyone interested in the history of museology must visit the Museo di Palazzo Poggi. This wild and sometimes frightening collection is a fascinating examination of the way we have changed the way we see the natural world, the human body, physics, chemistry and geology. Possibly...More

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Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

When you visit this museum there are two things you will see, that are both well worth your effort. First, the palace and its magnificent decorations, second the scientific collection. Weird creatures, minerals, dated explanations (since Darwin wasn't there yet with his theory), beautiful maquettes,...More

Thank Bob D
Reviewed 24 June 2017

This was an extremely interesting museum and very well worth the visit.The Medical areas of the museum are extremely interesting.

Thank Terry S
Reviewed 4 June 2017

This is a highly personal museum, in the tradition of the German Wunderkammer, beautifully installed and well worth a visit, That is, it was assembled by one person's eclectic tastes and informs us as much by its aleatoric as by its aethetic

Thank Ellen S
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Don't go to the room of ostetrics if you are pregnant though, they have quite accurate 18th century models there about deformed fetuses and uteruses which are shocking. I would also discourage people who dislike looking at intestines from going in the room on anatomical...More

Thank Ágnes K
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Science part of the university where the rooms are split into different aspect of science, the wax models with skeleton and different layers of wax showing the muscle groups were a must see and so too were the wonderful world globes. The obstetric part was...More

Thank karen s
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

The museum is interesting primarily for various models of anatomy. There is a whole section dedicated to models of a foetus awaiting birth, in various different positions. The aim being to teach these and avoid the loss of life. We'll worth the 5 Euro entrance....More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 2 April 2017

At the Palazzo Poggi we explored the Institute of Science, where the friezes on the ceilings and at tops of walls, depicting biblical and classical stories, were worth a look on their own. One alternated scenes of indulgently elegant society (a woman accepting a glass...More

Thank Sandy S
Reviewed 26 March 2017

this is located a little out of the central area, but worth locating as this is a fabulous collection of wax works used for teaching medicine, together with many other absorbing exhibits in another wonderful building.

Thank hauntedtee71
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Today's comedy-drama walking adventure must have been directed and co-written by Federico Fellini. You see, this was no ordinary happy Italian Bologna day :-) Ticket is €3 per senior. What a bargain for such a trippy experience. Earlier this day, I had been looking all...More

Thank Sequoia R
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