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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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Tue - Fri 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Description: 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by Padre Giovanni Battista Martini, more than eighty antique musical instruments, and a large selection of valuable historical documents, such as treatises, volumes, opera libretti, letters, manuscripts, original musical scores, etc.
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Really worth visiting if have ever played an instrument!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Wonderful collection of documents and instruments. Note: if you're interested in period keyboard instruments, you'll find here the amazing Clavemusicum Omnitonum from 1606, which allows for half and quarter tone distinctions. Nice and friendly people, who'll explain little curious facts, show hidden gems, or would keep the shop open for little longer, so you have enough time to find the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

As others have noted, this is a beautiful collection of historic instruments, manuscripts, and art works covering roughly the Renaissance through the late Romantic periods. When we visited, there was also a special exhibition on the art of violin making. It's all housed in a splendid palazzo which is itself something of a work of art. If you're a music... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I loved this museum - although I am not a musician. It is essential to hire the audioguide so that you can listen to music of each period in the relevant room while looking at the instruments and the score - very well worked out and set in a very beautiful building.

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Additional Information about Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna

Address: Palazzo Sanguinetti | Strada Maggiore, 34, 40125 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 2757711
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Bologna  >  Bologna
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

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