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“Worth visiting, but doesn't cater well for foreigners”

Museum of the History of Bologna
Ranked #32 of 318 things to do in Bologna
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Worth visiting, but doesn't cater well for foreigners”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

I did use the English audio guide, but even then, clearly better suited to Italian speakers, which is a pity. I did feel I missed a lot, but still happy I went. It's just frustrating when there's obviously much more than I understood.
There's not actually a lot of things displayed, and much of the multimedia (videos etc) is purely for Italian speakers. Pity, because it looked like an interesting museum. I have mixed feelings about it because of this, though think it was worth it overall. The order is a bit odd - started off chronological but then about 1/2 way through seemed to start jumping around a lot. But one of the exhibits had stuff about Emilia Ars - group started in Bologna which produced the most glorious paintings and lacework, responding to the art nouveau times. I'm glad I went for that alone, thou damn I wish I could have understood more!

Oh, and a lovely cafe with lovely young woman serving good food and drinks in a lovely central light filled area. Cannot say the same about the ticket seller, who was far more interested in her phone than anything else.

Visited October 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Edina, Minnesota
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82 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great Interactive Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Well worth several hours of your time to understand the history of Bologna from very early times until the present day. Exhibits are setup chronologically so the history is easy to follow. There are interactive exhibits which make the visit fun. There are audio guides which are helpful since not all exhibits have English. This Museum is best for teenagers and adults. It is somewhat hard to find being several blocks off the main square.

Visited October 2013
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Sayulita, Mexico
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40 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Interesting to learn about Bologna”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

This was a nice way to learn interesting facts about Bologna and its history, and even has an option to become more involved via multimedia. Use the audioguide unless you speak Italian. The first part of the museum was of more interest to us as visitors to Bologna. The latter part of the museum might be more interesting to people who live in the region. It is worth visiting, and probably earlier in the trip than later.

Visited September 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Modern and informative museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

We went here when we first arrived in Bologna and it gave us a really good background of the city (it is the "history of bologna museum" after all). Included in the ticket price are audio guides which are really a must, as most of the written information is in Italian, and only one paragraph of is translated into a blub in English. The museum has some cool effects and puts into perspective monuments and sights around the city. It does sweep over less glamorous parts of history such as the fascist period, but overall it was educational and a cute experience.

Visited September 2013
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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45 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“rivals the best I've seen inother large cities”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

If you like to see the "befores and afters", this museum does a beautiful high tech exhibit of how the city became to be. 3D film was excellent English . Translation Papers perfect

Visited September 2013
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