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San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection

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Address: via Parigi 5, Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 05119936366
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Beautifully presented display of keyboard instruments from the past

This museum is a delight. Mainly a collection of keyboard instruments - spinets, harpsichords, pianos anda couple of organs, it contains a number of curiosities: I'd never heard... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 11, 2015
Leeds, UK
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Leeds, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

This museum is a delight. Mainly a collection of keyboard instruments - spinets, harpsichords, pianos anda couple of organs, it contains a number of curiosities: I'd never heard of a folding harpsichord, for example, nor of a keyboard which combined piano and harpsichord in one. This instrument, and a number of others, can be heard via a video display near... More 

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Eugene, OREGON
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I've read many enthusiastic reviews, and, as a keyboard musician, was expecting a lot. However, despite the relatively big number of instruments, there is not much variety. Many spinets, many harpsichords. Some rare items too, like the harpsichord/piano bundle, or the glass piano. There is a Viennese action piano available, but you can't see the mechanism. Overall, a dark place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Tagliavini's great harpsichord, clavichord, spinet, and piano collection, with instruments from the 1580s into the 20th century, is beautifully curated and exhibited. There are also some mechanical instruments, and a small exhibit of folk instruments. The main hall is the nave of the former church of San Colombano, but instruments are also in other spaces, including the beautifully frescoed oratory... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection | Bolognamagazine San Colombano is a church complex comprising a range of buildings aggregated over the centu ries starting from the VII cen tury. Recent restoration works is also going their

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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The visit to this little jewel of a museum was not on our priority list, but I am so glad we went! An immense collection of old and ancient instruments, mostly but not exclusively spinets, harpsichords and pianos have found a beautiful home in this former church. The audio guide (free with the entry ticket) was not offered automatically, so... More 

1 Thank HHenrike
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I agree with others that this is a gem of a museum. Both for mainly keyboard instruments and the frescoes. Get the audio guide - you can hear short pieces played on about 10 of the instruments on it -really brings it alive. Concerts are often on Sunday evenings - popular - book ahead. At first you think its just... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

What a beautiful collection of antique instruments. Upon entering this museum, I was so impressed with the pianos, harpsichords and other instruments that grace a large room- so enchanting The guides were very nice as we're those in the other state museums (Museo civico) that we visited. The only drawback is the lack of air condoning and no air circulation

Thank explorer044
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

A must for music lovers. this small but impressive collection of antique musical instruments is well\ taken care of and the curator is usually on hand to either play one of the instruments or answer questions.

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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

I hadn't intended to visit this museum but since it's part of the Bologna Welcome Card (saving 10 euros!) and it was close to the Museo Civico Medievale which I really wanted to see and finally because TA reviewers loved it, I decided to go. Now I'm not that keen on musical instruments but the promise of frescoes got me... More 

2 Thank AnnArborMHT
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

A marvellous museum for anyone with an interest in music. A fascinating and beautifully displayed collection of early keyboard instruments and a few wind unstruments. We missed out on a concert where some are actually played but anyone planning a visit should check out concert dates first.. The whole museum is in a beautifully restored old church complete with a... More 

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