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San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection

via Parigi 5, Bologna, Italy
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Ranked #22 of 136 Attractions in Bologna
Type: Museums
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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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

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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

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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

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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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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

With a local we visited this gem of a museum with harpsichords from 15th century onwards to the pianoforte, complete with early organs. Aside of the exhibits and the knowledgeable staff you can enjoy a concert on the early instruments if you are lucky enough to be there when they are playing.

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Claremont, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

This is a lesser known gem -- really, double gem -- in Bologna's historical center. It consists of the restored Oratorio of San Colombano which now houses the Tagliavini collection of historical musical instruments. The instruments are interesting, with particular emphasis on keyboard instruments. The Oratorio itself, however, was of most interest to us. There are wonderful frescoes, nicely restored;... More

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

If you turn left into Via Manzoni after visiting Palazzo Fava, behind the Hotel Baglioni (recently renamed the Grand Hotel Majestic, facing the Cathedral of S. Pietro in Via Indipendenza), it is easy to get to San Colombano, a church that is part of the Genus Bononiae series of museums. We had the good fortune not only to visit the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

The Tagliavini collection of historical instruments is housed in an interesting collection of very old buildings. Some of these instruments date back to the 16th century and many are regularly played. Some of the older keyboard instruments have beautiful painted decoration. When we visited, someone was singing and accompanying themselves on a harpsichord, making our visit very special. There is... More

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