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Museum of the History of Bologna

Address: Via Castiglione 8 | Palazzo Pepoli Antico, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 19936370
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Ranked #9 of 128 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Easily the most engaging museum in Bologna, with comprehensive chronological and topical exhibits presented with technologies that were helpful, and would be appropriate for all ages and knowledge levels. Helpful summary information sheets for each room are provided in several languages. If you are a serious museum-goer, half a day is needed here.

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Guildford
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9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This the opposite of those museums that consist of dark objects enclosed in an old and dusty glass case. This is a well designed and imaginative walk through over 2000 years of Bologna's fascinating history. My only and quite major quibble is that, like most museums I'm Bologna, there is very little in English. I suspect that many visitors are... More 

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Schodack, NY
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29 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This was on our list to visit during a week in Bologna. We are quite aware of the 1-3 time slot that most businesses close in Italy - however we stopped on a weekend and it was closed. Then again another time and it was closed. I'm not sure if it was because it was Holiday in Italy or not.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

fantastic place to visit in the centre of town but let down by not having much info in English so we could understand more of the Italian history

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Bologna has a long and colorful history, dating back to Etruscan times, and the museum covers it all in a clever and generally very interesting way that makes ingenious use of state-of-the-art multimedia, including an amusing and informative 3-D animated film and an impressive laser light show. All of the printed information is in Italian (and a knowledge of the... More 

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bologna
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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The history of my city told with great style in one of the most beautiful Palaces in town....these days there is a wonderful 'Etruschi' exposition, for example.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We stumbled on this museum by chance& it was well done, but as another reviewer said needed more translations. Maybe there were ear phones but can't remember. It was a very old building & was cleverly revamped. THe Video was terrific & in the cartoon fashion which if bringing kids , would love. It wasn't 'stuffy' Like some so recommend... More 

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Oklahoma City
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8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This was an interesting overview of the history of Bologna. All the exhibits were in Italian, but most provided fact sheets in English. The 3D movie was very informative and entertaining. Staff was very helpful.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Probably a lot of information - but only in Italian. What a total Waste. It could have been done so nicely in English.

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Bologna, Italy
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Very well curated museum that presents information to visitors in a surprisingly modern way. Highlights for me were some of the videos in both Italian and English, the recreated Etruscan road, the representation of the underwater canals, the mirrored room which recreates what it might have been like to walk into the centre of BO with the porticos. I particularly... More 

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