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Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica

Palazzo Sanguinetti | Strada Maggiore, 34, 40125 Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
+39 051 2757711
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Ranked #17 of 132 attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Music Museum of Bologna is home to the nine rooms of the exhibition, which illustrate about six centuries of the history of European music. There... more » Owner description: The Music Museum of Bologna is home to the nine rooms of the exhibition, which illustrate 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by Padre Giovanni Battista Martini, more than eighty antique musical instruments, and a large selection of valuable historical documents, such as treatises, volumes, opera libretti, letters, manuscripts, original musical scores, etc. « less
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Kihei, Hawaii
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A small but interesting museum with a variety of well preserved instruments and lots of musical scores from various composers including Wagner, Mozart, etc Worth a trip-only takes an hour or less to tour.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We knew about the music museum before we visited and it didn't disappoint. Right next to Rossini's house (his piano is in the museum) and lots of other instruments and scores from 1500s onwards. Also original manuscript of Wagner's Lohengrin and several Verdi operas. A certain Wolfgang A Mozart took a music degree at Bologna (aged 14) and his "entrance... More

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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

The museum is probably a spin off of the music library, one of the best equipped in Europe. It is situated in one of the old Palazzos which abound in Bologna where every single room has the most remarkable decorations and frescoes. The building itself merits the visit. However, if you are a musician or a music lover, you could... More

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pisa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

if you're a music lover you cannot miss it. There are historical instruments, exhibited in frescoed halls with Arcadian scenes. Music in the hand of Rossini and Mozart, theorical writings about tuning, testimonies of the development of violin, guitar and mandolin. The lighting should be bettered, many objects were in the dark.

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Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

my husband loved this we saw we some paperwork written by composers as sort of entrance exams at the beginning of there musical journey and my husband had a go on a piano that was available to try out there is so much to see we will go back anyone interested in music would love this place

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Northamptonshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is a must in Bologna. Allow plenty of time - it always takes longer than you think. Check opening times, we thought we would visit on a Sunday but it was closed.

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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The founder seemed to know everyone and he put together a great collection. There were portraits of some of the lesser composers of the 17th and 18th century which brought to like some of the standard singers' anthologies that we still use today.

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Wicklow, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Although we couldn't go inside the Museum (they had a beatles exhibition on that we wanted to see) it's almost worth going to just see the stairs leading up to the museum. Amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I was keen to see this museum and my husband not quite so interested but there were many things to amuse both of us in the end. The theatrical section with stage plans for early operatic productions was very entertaining and Vivaldis manuscripts.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

It was the highlight of my brief stay in Bologna. There IS an audio-guide in English, and I recommend purchasing it. The museum has lots of relics, period instruments, scores, and material pertaining to the early Renaissance and Baroque. Also, pretty informative about music in Bologna over the centuries as well. See also the page from an autograph Mozart score.... More

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