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Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna

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Address: Palazzo Sanguinetti | Strada Maggiore, 34, 40125 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 2757711
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The Music Museum of Bologna is home to the nine rooms of the exhibition,...

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by Padre Giovanni Battista Martini, more than eighty antique musical instruments, and a large selection of valuable historical documents, such as treatises, volumes, opera libretti, letters, manuscripts, original musical scores, etc.

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For only 5 Euro entry and 4 Euro Audioguide (well worth, and certainly when you are a musician/music lover), you can explore this museum. 1st of all, the setting is just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

For only 5 Euro entry and 4 Euro Audioguide (well worth, and certainly when you are a musician/music lover), you can explore this museum. 1st of all, the setting is just stupendous, and already a treat in its own. Second, the collection of items is awesome and interesting, and very well displayed - with "secret drawers" here and there for... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

The museum is right next to Bologna Philharmonic Academy, where Mozart studied composition and took flight. They have some really interesting collections of correspondences and scores. My favorite part is seeing different instruments from different periods. It is a great place to visit for music lovers who have extra time in the city! I believe ticket is between 10-15 euros.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

The museum is perfect for people even mildly interested in the history of European classical music. It was really fascinating to see the original scores of Mozart and Vivaldi and to understand their relationships with Bologna. There is a varied display of 16th-18th century instruments including lutes and viol de gambas. Perhaps what makes this museum different from other musical... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Spent time there looking at old instruments and manuscripts. Very well laid out showing the progression of musical notation down the centuries in the old manuscripts. Mozart studied in Bologna and evidence of this there. Seeing his signature on a copy of an opera was kind of amazing. Info on Verde and Rossini also.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

We visited this museum because of online reviews. It was nicely done and a good value. We would have gotten more out of it if we were more knowledgeable about classical composers but we still enjoyed our visit and would recommend it to families with older children.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We had the place to ourselves. We loved the music and instruments. It has original music written by Mozart and Wagner. The entrance price is good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 via mobile

The museum was quiet and staffed by a handful of older women. There were displays featuring paintings of composers, original compositions, and musical instruments. I tried to get through the museum without any materials, but after entering the second room I turned back around to get an audioguide (4 euro). It's worth it, especialy since the museum does not feature... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Not another visitor when we were there. Beautiful old instruments inside a grand palazzo. Could use a bit more explanation of what you're seeing but an enjoyable experience nevertheless.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

This museum is part of the University of Bologna. We hired the audio guide which proved to be very "academic" in content. Lots of information and amazing instruments. The age and quality of some of the scores is incredible, including the very first printed orchestral score - well worth a visit if you are interested in classical music.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a small museum that one can fit it easily while strolling around Bologna. I love this type of museum. I love all the shapes and colors and woods of all the instruments. The history is faxcinating. It's closed on Monday,. We tried but had to come back the next day. So glad that we did.

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