This museum felt very new and, unlike many we considered in Bologna, clear signing and an obvious entrance. On going in we found out very quickly that not only was it free but guide books and audio guides were available in English.
The museum tells the story of Bologna from the first Etruscans to the modern day as you walk through. It is a beautiful building, well lit and laid out and everything is attractively set out and inviting. I really enjoyed learning about how the city we had spent a couple of days exploring took shape and to see aerial shots and learn what is behind those imposing front doors and high walls. The children particularly enjoyed the underground canal, created from lights and mirrors and the short 3d film (with subtitles) which had us flying about the city with an Etruscan called Ari. My only complaint was that I wanted to be able to buy the guidebook to read more at my leisure. and it wasn't available.
We really enjoyed our evening visit, a great way to make the lost of the and even the coffee shop was open until 7pm.
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