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Museo di Palazzo Poggi

Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
39 0512099610
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Ranked #11 of 132 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, the Museo di Palazzo Poggi reconstructs the paths of... more » 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. « less
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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84 reviews 84 reviews
21 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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Port Talbot
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87 reviews 87 reviews
16 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Red Hook, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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London
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Entry to this collection of scientific artefacts is only 3 euros or 1 euro with a valid student card. This includes an optional guided tour in Italian, French or Spanish (English was not available on the day I visited). This represents excellent value given how well the Museo di Palazzo Poggi is curated with thoughtful presentation of the objects and... More

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Australia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
25 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We had thought this museum was mainly based on the collection of Ulisse Aldrovandi being stuffed animals, woodcuts and the like. But there are many different parts to this museum. We saw fossils, early electrical and optic instruments, wax anatomical models and old obstetrical instruments. Several of the rooms have also beautiful frescoed interiors. We almost missed the second part... More

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Wicklow, Ireland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Seriously for €3 you can't go wrong. We really enjoyed our visit, maybe because we didn't know what to expect. The room with all the moulds of the fetal positions etc is not for the squeamish. Library is amazing, books dating from 1700's and even a suit of armour complete with moustache. Model ships were cool too.

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