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Museo Civico Archeologico

Via dell'Archiginnasio 2, Bologna, Italy
+39 051 275 7211
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Ranked #31 of 132 attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The Civic Archaeological Museum of Bologna is located in the heart of the city, inside Palazzo Galvani, close to Piazza Maggiore and the Church of San... more » Owner description: The Civic Archaeological Museum of Bologna is located in the heart of the city, inside Palazzo Galvani, close to Piazza Maggiore and the Church of San Petronio. The first construction of this building dated back to the XV century. Modifications and renovations continued up to 1881, when it was definitively opened to the public as a Museum.You can reach the Museum using any bus that runs through Piazza Maggiore. This museum is among the most important in archeological finds in Italy and is highly representative of the local history from prehistoric period to Roman Age. Additionally, its ancient Egyptian collection is among the most important in Europe. Opening hours Tue-Fri: 9AM-3PM Sat, Sun and holidays: 10AM - 6,30PM Closed on Monday,New Year's day, 1st of May,Christmas Day. Admittance Ordinary ticket: Euro 5 (visitors 19-65 years old); Reduced Euro 3; Children and youngs (0-18): free Access for disabled visitors Bookshop Audioguides Specialized library with a reading lounge. Historic archive (available for consultation with an appointment) Photographic archive (available for consultation with appointment or by written request) Wardrobe: visitors are not allowed to enter in the Museum with bags, umbrellas and other large objects. It is possible to put personal effects inside appropriate boxes with keys. The wardrobe doesn't accept large cases or packs. Bookings are obligatory only for groups with a guide Standard photos, digital photos, videos and films are allowed but only without flash or other enlightening objects and exclusively for personal use and not for commercial purposes. Inside the Museum smoking, eating or drinking are not allowed. « less
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New York City, New York
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255 reviews 255 reviews
76 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This museum displays a very large quantity of artifacts but not in a very user friendly manner and with very few labels in English. The old fashion style of the museum and its location in an elegant Palazzo has its charms. But it appears that they decided to show everything rather than the best. Not much stands out with the... More

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Emsworth, UK
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13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We arrived here with great expectations to see some ancient italian artifacts, and we got some but not that much what you'd expect. There are Greek and Egyptian collections too but without any idea of order. All text and explanation are in italian, the english audio guide is just a few sentences. There are better museums in this topic in... More

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Milan, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Don't waste your time in Bologna visiting this museum. The Greek and Roman collection is not bad, but everything is chaotically displayed. The Egyptian collection is definitely not worth it. Compared to the famous archaeological museums around Europe like the British Museum, the Archaeological Museum in Athens or the Museo Egizio in Turin, this is less than average.

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noordwijk
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I expected to be overwhelmed by all the Etruscan art I was going to see, unfortunately I wasn't. There were many artefacts but I thought it wasn't displayed in a very attractive way and in really old looking rooms. There was no English explanations anywhere so it was hard to make out what was what, and my Italian wasn't good... More

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

This was a fabulous place to spend a few hours imaging life in the past. They have a wonderful Egyptian collection and lots more to see. If you have the time you will enjoy this visit.

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UK
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Wonderful Egyptian collection. Lots of local Etruscan artefacts. Well displayed and curated. Recommended

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Plenty to see but a lot is the same stuff?? Once you've seen one broken pot, you've seen them all!!! The City of Bologna is so beautiful you wouldn't miss much if you didn't go to this attraction!!

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Beautiful exhibits, lovely building, used as a hospital during world war II, very nice, with a superb inner yard and fountain.

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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We arrived mid-afternoon and were told to come back next day because it closed in 30 minutes and we would need three hours. That was pretty much bang on as even more side galleries led of main galleries, all with some outstanding displays. The Egyptian display was impressive and far less crowded than the other main area where one was... More

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

This was an interesting museum to visit. In the basement there is an impressive selection of Egyptian artifacts. The exhibits are all detailed in Italian, however, the museum is trying to expand its audience and provided detailed handouts in English. Well worth a visit.

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