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Museo di Palazzo Poggi

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Address: Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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+39 051 209 9610
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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What a gem!

this is located a little out of the central area, but worth locating as this is a fabulous collection of wax works used for teaching medicine, together with many other absorbing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Hastings, United Kingdom
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

this is located a little out of the central area, but worth locating as this is a fabulous collection of wax works used for teaching medicine, together with many other absorbing exhibits in another wonderful building.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Today's comedy-drama walking adventure must have been directed and co-written by Federico Fellini. You see, this was no ordinary happy Italian Bologna day :-) Ticket is €3 per senior. What a bargain for such a trippy experience. Earlier this day, I had been looking all day for the Giant Realistic Flying Tiger. I am a bit bummed because I did... More 

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Antwerp Province, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

THE obstetric collection is one of THE best You can see whereever . Also THE old churgical instruments, equipment and anatomy models and scenes are Unique .sciences as geology,animals and others things can be seen. Low entry for many things to explore

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2017 via mobile

Don't loose the chance to see this nessun! The naturalistic collection of Aldrovandi, the wax statues for Doctor made by Morandi and Manzolini are just a small part of the great collection that tell us the scientific history of the Bologna's University. Nice to see, not expensive and very important to understand the History of this nice city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017

I spent a good two hours wandering around the museum when I visited (unfortunately timing it with two school trips that I had to try and avoid), and most of the exhibition stands have the captions translated into English. The parts about war and ships, not so much, but most of the science is well explained and incredibly interesting. 5... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

The wax and ceramic anatomical models have a certain strange beauty. Many were created in the 1750s for teaching purposes. The museum here is many small museums in one, the anatomical section is only one. There is also a fine collection of model ships and a room dedicated to physics. The palace is part of the university and is interesting... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

I didn't find this the most interesting of museums but then I am not a scientist and many of the exhibits on display were science related. It was nice however, to see the the rooms of the palace. The rooms had various frescoed friezes along the top of the walls and there was a vault fresco painted by Pellegrino Tibaldi.... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

This museum is worth a look for a couple of hours as the wax models are amazing of the human body. The midwifery section is fascinating. Kids won't like it!

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

Didn't expect to visit much more than the naval/navigation museum, but went round the whole set . The natural history collections were particularly impressive such a lot of tiny shells catalogued and displayed. The wax exhibits for surgeons and midwives were not at all gory and made one wonder why the London bodysnatchers had to do it all over again... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

A highlight of our Italian Holiday was finding this Museum .With an interest in all things medical, so many of the exhibits gave us an insight into how students were taught in the past. Loved the anatomical wax models. The library was spectacular and standing along side the rows of books dating back 500 to 600 years was astounding. You... More 

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