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“A must for any music lover, or even you are not.”

Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna
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Musical Bologna Walking Tour
Ranked #39 of 330 things to do in Bologna
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Owner description: The Music Museum of Bologna is home to the nine rooms of the exhibition, which illustrate about six centuries of the history of European music. There are over one hundred paintings of famous people from the music world, which are a part of the picture gallery started by Padre Giovanni Battista Martini, more than eighty antique musical instruments, and a large selection of valuable historical documents, such as treatises, volumes, opera libretti, letters, manuscripts, original musical scores, etc.
Arundel, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“A must for any music lover, or even you are not.”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

A beautiful place architectonically, full of frescoes and details. It would be worth a visit just for that but when you add the fact that inside you find the most interesting collection of musical instruments, portraits of great musical composers and copies of original musical scores, it becomes a 'must visit'. What a surprise this was, we went to see it because we were near, on our way to Santa Maria dei Servi. This is not your typical touristic place, it is simply beautiful and fascinating!!! DON'T MISS IT.

Visited July 2013
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Sacramento, California
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36 reviews
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“Great collection of vintage instrumenets; audio guide should be included in price”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Visiting this museum without the optional audio guide is a silent experience.

While the rooms are decorated beautifully and there is a wonderful collection of musical instruments, the audio guide should be included in the admission price, and not be an option, at additional cost.

Visited May 2013
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Riverside, California
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“Do not see this without getting the audio guide!”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

You will not be all that interested or get much of the information they need to tell you without it. I was amazed how people who have been dead for so long and are from another country, have been known to me since I was young. There is only one chair in each room and some rooms take longer to get through than others. You will probably need to sit down.

Visited April 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Small yet worth a visit”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

The museum is located in a beautiful building (Palazzo Sanguinetti), well worth visiting for only this reason but it also houses a small yet representative collection of instruments, librettos, many examples of sheet music from famous composers as well as some personal letters from the very same composers (e.g. a letter from Richard Wagner to his italian friends thanking them for their succsful efforts to have his opera Lohengrin performed in Bologna) that has been gathered by private collectors throughout the years.

For any musical enthusiast, well worth the visit. However, the museum's principal flaw is not it's limited size but that there's really very little interactivity. You can not hear examples of music, nor how the many instruments sound unless you pay extra for an audioguide that practically is half of the museum eperience. This audioguide should either be built in to the museum's displays or be included in the prize and simply be put in the hands of each visitor along with an explanation that it is a significant part of the experience. Hence I can only give three Tripadvisor dots for a museum that otherwise deserves at least one more.

Visited December 2012
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Norge
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“Very nice collection, perfect size”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

6 centuries of musical history in a nutshell: (rare) musical instruments, (famous) portraits, (important) treatises, scores, libretti etc. A must for everyone interested in classical music.

Visited October 2012
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