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Museo di Palazzo Poggi

Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 209 9610
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A cabinet of wonders

This is a highly personal museum, in the tradition of the German Wunderkammer, beautifully... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ellen S
Falmouth, Massachusetts
The rooms on the Bolognese school of ostetrics and on anatomical modelling are amazing

Don't go to the room of ostetrics if you are pregnant though, they have quite accurate 18th century... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2017
Ágnes K
Budapest, Hungary
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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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“model ships” (8 reviews)
“wax models” (8 reviews)
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Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 209 9610
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a highly personal museum, in the tradition of the German Wunderkammer, beautifully installed and well worth a visit, That is, it was assembled by one person's eclectic tastes and informs us as much by its aleatoric as by its aethetic

Thank Ellen S
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Don't go to the room of ostetrics if you are pregnant though, they have quite accurate 18th century models there about deformed fetuses and uteruses which are shocking. I would also discourage people who dislike looking at intestines from going in the room on anatomical...More

Thank Ágnes K
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Science part of the university where the rooms are split into different aspect of science, the wax models with skeleton and different layers of wax showing the muscle groups were a must see and so too were the wonderful world globes. The obstetric part was...More

Thank karen s
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

The museum is interesting primarily for various models of anatomy. There is a whole section dedicated to models of a foetus awaiting birth, in various different positions. The aim being to teach these and avoid the loss of life. We'll worth the 5 Euro entrance....More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 2 April 2017

At the Palazzo Poggi we explored the Institute of Science, where the friezes on the ceilings and at tops of walls, depicting biblical and classical stories, were worth a look on their own. One alternated scenes of indulgently elegant society (a woman accepting a glass...More

Thank Sandy S
Reviewed 26 March 2017

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.

Thank hauntedtee71
Reviewed 24 March 2017 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...More

Thank Sequoia R
Reviewed 2 March 2017

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

Thank marcmgvanhoey
Reviewed 22 February 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,...More

Thank dario d
Reviewed 18 February 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,...More

Thank Clara E
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