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Museum of the History of Bologna

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Address: Via Castiglione 8 | Palazzo Pepoli Antico, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 19936370
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I visited this museum because it was my first time in Bologna and I decided I needed some more background. I didn't know what to expect, but I was nevertheless surprised to find a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

I visited this museum because it was my first time in Bologna and I decided I needed some more background. I didn't know what to expect, but I was nevertheless surprised to find a comprehensive, very well-organized exhibit. I used a free audioguide to get around, but each room also has informational sheets in English, Italian, German, and Spanish. The... More 

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Farnham, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this visit since we spread it over the lunch break. the Egyptian display was fascinating and one of the biggest collection of artefacts outside Egypt it claims. Then after lunch we went around the corner to a different entrance to see all the Roman and later exhibits. Large scale statuary and funerary artefacts to take ones interest. Pleasant... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Great little museum, especially enjoyed the short 3D animation which tells the history of the city in the last 1000 years.

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

A nicely laid out museum which walks you chronologically through Bologna's history starting with the Etruscans, to Romans and Medieval, and Napoleonic to today. The English audio guide was the best we've had so far in Bologna and easy to use. It was free (at least with our Bologna Museum Card). Many rooms had additional information you could choose to... More 

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Weymouth
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We regularly go on City Breaks in Europe and try to visit the local City Museum wherever we go. Obviously, these vary in quality and this one was disappointing . It seemed as though there had recently been an attempt to update the museum but somehow the exhibition didn't convey a sense of history being more a series of unconnected... More 

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Altanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Great way to get a basic understanding of the history and role of Bologna. Not really geared toward kids, but ours (11-years-old) did okay.

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Stockholm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The Palazzo Pepoli hosts the museum where you can learn more about the story of Bologna. It is recently refurbished, quite modern and makes use of modern techniques. I particularly appreciated the last room where there is a sound and light show retracing the story of the Etruscian couple, famous statue which was found in a lot of fragments. However,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We enjoyed this place, it is well displayed an full of interesting information about the town and its history. Only negative, we had a soup , just few spoonfuls and it was it was 11 Euro each. Spent a total of 24 Euro for nothing! Other than that, this is a great place to visit on a dark and rainy... More 

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Interesting museum which we visited during rather a wet Sunday afternoon. Lots to see and some English information. Well laid out and it charted a good history of the area. If we had understood more of the exhibit we would have been even happier!! Great show at the end.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This was last summer when we visited the musum of the history of Bologna. We were surprised how good it was, since in most of the towns around the world such museums (of similar topics) are boring. This was such a pleasant surprise. There was such a well currated and well structured information of the history of Bologna in this... More 

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