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Museo di Palazzo Poggi

Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
39 0512099610
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Ranked #17 of 128 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Owner description: Against the extraordinary backdrop of the 16th-century wall paintings that decorate the building...
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Owner description: Against the extraordinary backdrop of the 16th-century wall paintings that decorate the building, the Museo di Palazzo Poggi reconstructs the paths of research and education that gave Bologna its sterling scientific reputation in the modern age: the Ulisse Aldrovandi Museum, the Ferdinando Cospi Collection, the collections amassed by Luigi Ferdinando Marsili, and the furnishings and instruments that belonged to the 18th-century Istituto delle Scienze.Based on 18th-century documentation and the scientific production of those who played a leading role during an extraordinary period in Italian culture, the museum brings a substantial part of Bologna’s scientific collections back to its 18th-century venue. It recreates the setting and system of relationships that made these collections an important part of the “scientific mentality” of the era, transforming them into essential documents that now allow us to interpret the modern scientific culture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Probably the coolest museum I've visited, was really glad to I was able to go. I think most folks would find it interesting but engineer or science, medical folks will get the most out of it. Great setting, frescoes, and amazing to see the birth of the scientific method. Only real complaint is that it seems to be popular with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

First on our list of places to see was the Palazzo Poggi which is part of the University of Bologna. We were particularly interested in seeing the anatomical waxworks exhibit as well as the history of obstetrics exhibit. We wandered through the University building until we reached the museum on the second floor, only to find that the museum is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We stumbled upon this science museum from long ago and enjoyed touring the rooms. It was especially interesting to see anatomy and medical models and tools from the 17-1800's. We've come a LONG way. The military science exhibits and models will delight those interested in such things. I never knew there were so many styles of forts! The museum is... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

This is a really neat museum. It covers many different areas of study including zoology, gynecology, astronomy, nautical and military sciences. I originally went to see the zoological specimens, however, the military science collection was very interesting. It includes 1:1 schematics of cannons, models of 15-17th century ships, and wooden fortification designs. I had never seen anything like it. The... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Great collection of science objects. The museum covers a wide range of science disciplines, like physics (electricity), anatomy, zoölogy, but also military architecture and naval history.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

I personally loved the Obstetrics Museum but my companion was turning a shade of green so we left that bit rather quickly! Do go - very interesting museum in a lovely building.

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Recommend you go early to catch one of the free uni-student guides before they get snatched by other visitors. We were really impressed by the knowledge, energy and passion of our guide. She explained about many of the scientific artifacts on a wide range of subjects. Everything from mid-wifery, Military Architecture to optical devices. I loved the 16 Century maps,... More 

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Neath Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We visited the Palazzo Poggi museum, located within the University itself. Helpful staff (giving a free guidebook to look through) helped us as we visited the many rooms of exhibits. Amazing waxworks and hundreds of different waxworks of babies in various positions in the womb would make this an interesting place for a nidwife to visit. I don't do it... More 

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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This collection is unreal- if you are into oddities, this place is a must! We walked around the university & stumbled into it & am glad we did. The library here, the ancient maps, boat models & freaky taxidermy are something else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

One of the most interesting museums that my husband and I visited in Bologna was the Museo di Palazzo Poggi in the University district. Housed in a former palace, the décor of the rooms themselves was as interesting as the contents. The ceilings and walls are lavishly decorated with murals and friezes depicting a variety of biblical and mythological scenes.... More 

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