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“Nice, modern place.”

Museo Civico Archeologico
Ranked #37 of 376 things to do in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Civic Archaeological Museum of Bologna is located in the heart of the city, inside Palazzo Galvani, close to Piazza Maggiore and the Church of San Petronio. The first construction of this building dated back to the XV century. Modifications and renovations continued up to 1881, when it was definitively opened to the public as a Museum.You can reach the Museum using any bus that runs through Piazza Maggiore. This museum is among the most important in archeological finds in Italy and is highly representative of the local history from prehistoric period to Roman Age. Additionally, its ancient Egyptian collection is among the most important in Europe. Opening hours Tue-Fri: 9AM-3PM Sat, Sun and holidays: 10AM - 6,30PM Closed on Monday,New Year's day, 1st of May,Christmas Day. Admittance Ordinary ticket: Euro 5 (visitors 19-65 years old); Reduced Euro 3; Children and youngs (0-18): free Access for disabled visitors Bookshop Audioguides and QR code Specialized library with a reading lounge. Historic archive (available for consultation with an appointment) Photographic archive (available for consultation with appointment or by written request) Wardrobe: visitors are not allowed to enter in the Museum with bags, umbrellas and other large objects. It is possible to put personal effects inside appropriate boxes with keys. The wardrobe doesn't accept large cases or packs. Bookings are obligatory only for groups with a guide Standard photos, digital photos, videos and films are allowed but only without flash or other enlightening objects and exclusively for personal use and not for commercial purposes. Inside the Museum smoking, eating or drinking are not allowed.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Nice museum, very modern (especially in comparison to other Bologna museums ;)) with big ancient egypt collection. Nice staff, front desk was speaking english (other staff not really, but it was not problematic). Unfortunately museum catalogue was only in italian and there was no one in the shop to ask about and even pay for sth. ;)

Thank Rudawianki
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MuseoArcheologico, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Museo Civico Archeologico, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thank you for visiting and appreciating our Museum! We're really sorry you didn't find the catalogue in English version. We hope to be able to reprint it as soon as possible...

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Really enjoyed the Egyptian exhibition. Some more detail on the exhibits, especially in the courtyard would earn a 5 stars.

Thank Will P
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

Very good archeological exhibits although there were areas under renovation and finding way round a bit complex but wothwhile

Thank newmarket18
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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

The main museum was closed for renovation which I'm guessing will be closed for some time but the ancient Egyptian collection in the basement was really interesting. Lots of little treasures I've not seen in other ancient Egyptian exhibitions. Although small, it's definitely worth seeing. Very interesting!

Thank generator5000
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

When I went to pay for my ticket, the charming young lady at the reception desk advised me that the first floor of the museum was closed for renovation but the Roman Lapidarium on the ground floor and the Egyptian Collection in the basement were open and did I still want to buy my ticket? Well, being quite a fan of both the Egyptian and Roman civilisations, I went for it and I'm very glad I did!
I started off in the lovely courtyard examining the Roman artifacts, statuary and inscription tablets (information in English is a bit sparse!) and continued in the rather grand entrance hall. I then went down into the basement; the Egyptian artifacts are beautifully presented and lit, with descriptions in Italian and English although sometimes you have to search for them. I think it is one of the best collections I have seen and quite unexpected to find in Bologna! A bonus is being able to watch the experts painstakingly restoring a painted mummy case!
Perhaps on a future visit, the first floor renovations will be complete but knowing Italian renovations, I suspect that might be a few years in the future!

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