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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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Against the extraordinary backdrop of the 16th-century wall paintings...

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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Totally fascinating and eclectic

This is such a lovely museum with its amazingly eclectic collection of artefacts covering geography, science, natural history, chemistry, anatomy and obstetrics. It is worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Arthog, United Kingdom
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Arthog, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a lovely museum with its amazingly eclectic collection of artefacts covering geography, science, natural history, chemistry, anatomy and obstetrics. It is worth visiitng for the models alone. For a museum that is so far from the sea, it has an intriguing and beautiful collection of model galleons. However, it is the range of medical models that just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

this is a great museum - allow 3 hours minimum, could easily spend more. Several of the rooms are magnificent in their own right and the quality and age of the collections awe-inspiring.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This museum is a little treasure, not only are there weird elderly stuffed fish etc, but the most amazing wax models of the uterus through the 9 months of pregnancy, and also the many and varied ways babies find to make delivery difficult! I just wish my doctors had studied these wax models before my 4 deliveries. There is also... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

A slightly strange mix of exhibits but the rooms relating to teaching midwifery are strangely fascinating

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We were totally amazed by the wax models in the obstetric museum it is incredible to realise that these models and the study of obstetrics dates back to the 1700's. Definitely worth a visit

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Our University went to this museum with a group of students who had an interest in undertaking Midwifery, my role was teacher. The museum has a small section on births, deformities in utero, deformities post birth and skeletal remains of conjoined twins. It was very interesting however, the remaining of the museum was of no value to us. The first... More 

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Bielsko-Biala, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The museum offers everyone something to see. Very realistic exhibition consisting of anatomic models and medical equipment is especially worth mentioning, but the collection of old maps and works of art also cannot be ommited. I was delighted to see the displays with meticulously made ship miniatures - I've never seen something so carefully made! Tickets to the museum are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Sometimes city history museums are an afterthought, not this one. I had 1.5 hours at the end of the day to walk through this newly renovated museum, and I was very happy i did. Take your pick on which century you want to spend more time on(Roman, Renaissance, Risorgmento), they have it all.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

A wonderfully informative museum. I went there to see the ceramic "medical" phantoms but found that there is a lot more to see. The exhibits are fascinating and easy to follow. The descriptions appear both in English and Italian. There is a lovely booklet available for purchase that explains the permanent exhibits. A definite place to visit to while away... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I visited Palazzo Poggi mainly to see the anatomical exhibits. The staff was friendly enough, although I was disappointed to be charged 3 euro even with a student discount (their website said it was 1 euro, and I asked them about it but I guess the site hadn't been updated yet). The first few rooms were on natural history, but... More 

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