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Palazzo Poggi Museum

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Address: Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0512099610
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Description: Against the extraordinary backdrop of the 16th-century wall paintings that...
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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One of the world's great medical museums

This is my second visit, but it was just as amazing. Before there was a lot of cadaver work in medical school, this university created lifelike models of the human body and it's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Braselton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This is my second visit, but it was just as amazing. Before there was a lot of cadaver work in medical school, this university created lifelike models of the human body and it's organs from wax, clay, glass, human hair and bone. The obstetrical part presents every possible difficulty that a doctor might confront to delivery a baby, in cut... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

-The location of this museum, which is in the university area of Bologna is a must visit place. Charming, bustling with students and a very happy place. You will go back to your university days. - I found it a bit difficult to locate the museum but the enthusiastic students will happily guide you. -The babies in the womb :... More 

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

4 expositions in one museum. The expositions on gynecology/anatomy was too much for me, the natural science part was weak, the fortifications were too similar and unless you are a big fan of strategy will skip through fast as models are similar for an untrained eye, i enjoyed the cannon and ship models.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Well worth a visit. A great overview of the scientific collection of one of the world's oldest Universities. A real pleasure to wander around. Leave at least a couple of hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

In the University area this is an eclectic mixture of items. From wax cadavers to sailing ships...no obvious unifying theme. Inexpensive to enter,this will entertain and educate all. I have seen nothing like it!

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Nieuw-Vennep, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Totally unexpected we enterd this museum with a very beautiful collection. We were surprised by the collection of all kind of teaching material for medicine students.

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Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

There's a big variety of pieces that you can see in this museum. Since there's an assorted number of options, you will not get bored easily.

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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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