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Museo Civico Archeologico

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Address: Via dell'Archiginnasio 2, Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 275 7211
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Description: The Civic Archaeological Museum of Bologna is located in the heart of the...
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.
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Interesting but no English explanations

We spent 1 1/2 hours walking around the Egyptian artefacts followed by the Roman, Greek, Etruscan and neolithic items. This was a very interesting museum BUT there were no... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We spent 1 1/2 hours walking around the Egyptian artefacts followed by the Roman, Greek, Etruscan and neolithic items. This was a very interesting museum BUT there were no English explanations alongside items so it was difficult to appreciate some of their history.

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Bermuda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The museum is located inside a 15th century historic building and includes Egyptian, Roman, Greek and Etruscan exhibits. The Egyptian section is fairly small but has some interesting exhibits. The Plaster Cast Gallery has a nice collection of plaster copies of famous Greek and Roman sculptures - not the originals but they allow you to appreciate the beauty of the... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We spent about 4 hours going to Marzabotto the day before and it was a great primer for the Etruscan exhibit. Walking around the ruins and then visiting the museum there, one could learn much about the artifacts in the Museo Civico Archeologico which were in much greater numbers, both mostly described in Italian. However, a few QR insignia allowed... More 

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Rijeka, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

It is a nice museum worth a visit. It's quite big and has a big collection. I liked the Egyptian section with sarcophagus and hieroglyphics.They have big amounts of rocks and that wasn't so cool because I didn't found a big pile of rocks particularly interesting. Another minus is that everything is in Italian but they said they are working... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

While nobody will mistake this for the British Museum, there are some objects that make a visit worth the effort. As other reviews have pointed out, most descriptions of the artifacts aren't in English, however, much can be deciphered with a bit of effort. There's a nice Etruscan section of locally discovered artifacts. There are a couple of stunningly beautiful... More 

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New York City, New York
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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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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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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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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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