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Museo di Palazzo Poggi

Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 209 9610
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Best Museum Collection in Bologna

The Palazzo Poggi, a former noble's palace, is an excellent example of 16th century cosmopolitain... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Michel A
Gatineau, Quebec
interesting museum with lots of curiosities

Interesting museum with lots of curiosities. You can see teaching objects of the university for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Chrilanda N
Antwerp, Belgium
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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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Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 209 9610
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Palazzo Poggi, a former noble's palace, is an excellent example of 16th century cosmopolitain culture and architecture. It was purchased by the Bolognese Senate in 1711 to house a wide variety of museum collections including ancient geographical maps, military architecture, obstetrics and human anatomy...More

Thank Michel A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting museum with lots of curiosities. You can see teaching objects of the university for example of the medical department gyneacology. Students get in for free

1  Thank Chrilanda N
Reviewed 10 November 2017

the museum of obstetrics has got a very unique collection of models. the models are very well made and captivating. some displays may need extra light. the museum itself is a beautiful setting. do not miss it if you are passionate about anatomy and curious...More

Thank Mont92
Reviewed 20 October 2017

We really enjoyed visiting this museum, it was very different and thought provoking - with some interesting displays of fetuses. worth a couple of hours here!

Thank Tara S
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

A wide selection of interesting things to see in a beautiful building. The wax models of the human bodies were particularly fascinating. Also enjoyed the old library. Good place to spend an hour or two.

Thank Andrea C
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

This converted church hosts an eclectic mix of natural science artifacts. The entry price is extremely reasonable and it takes a couple of hours to complete your visit. The medical section is amazing and has an extensive section covering anatomy and childbirth. A great place...More

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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Palazzo Poggi has a beautifully set out collection of natural history artifacts from preserved fish to minerals, all set in rooms with detailed painted ceilings. Particularly impressive were the anatomical waxworks and the library.

Thank natjardon
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Anyone interested in the history of museology must visit the Museo di Palazzo Poggi. This wild and sometimes frightening collection is a fascinating examination of the way we have changed the way we see the natural world, the human body, physics, chemistry and geology. Possibly...More

Thank Inspector22
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

When you visit this museum there are two things you will see, that are both well worth your effort. First, the palace and its magnificent decorations, second the scientific collection. Weird creatures, minerals, dated explanations (since Darwin wasn't there yet with his theory), beautiful maquettes,...More

Thank Bob D
Reviewed 24 June 2017

This was an extremely interesting museum and very well worth the visit.The Medical areas of the museum are extremely interesting.

Thank Terry S
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