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Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna

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Address: Palazzo Sanguinetti | Strada Maggiore, 34, 40125 Bologna, Italy
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+39 051 275 7711
10:00 - 18:30
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Tue - Fri 09:30 - 16:00
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The Music Museum of Bologna is home to the nine rooms of the exhibition,...

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by Padre Giovanni Battista Martini, more than eighty antique musical instruments, and a large selection of valuable historical documents, such as treatises, volumes, opera libretti, letters, manuscripts, original musical scores, etc.

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Great exhibition and frescos

This is near the Towers in Bologna. It is housed in an historic, grand building. They offer an audio guide for 4 euros in addition to the entry cost of 5 euros. Worth it though to... read more

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is near the Towers in Bologna. It is housed in an historic, grand building. They offer an audio guide for 4 euros in addition to the entry cost of 5 euros. Worth it though to get a real insight into the exhibition. The exhibits are housed in grand rooms painted with some magnificent frescos. Well worth a visit.

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South East England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is one of the best music museums I have visited. It's quite small but has an outstanding collection of original manuscripts, instruments and oil paintings. The one of Vivaldi is mesmerising.

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Reviewed 8 February 2017

Visited here with my wife. Really fascinating. Most of the descriptions are in Italian or little English but still enjoyable otherwise. It is well worth a visit if you are in Bologna!

Thank Jamesefc
Thessaloniki, Greece
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Interesting collection, fascinating artifacts, less-than-inspiring presentation. However, it is a must for musicians!

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Bordeaux, France
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Reviewed 2 December 2016

Around every corner and in every room there is something fascinating, whether it be original scores, unusual old instruments, or the beautiful palazzo rooms. I expected a 30 minute walk-through and instead, spent over 2 hours admiring the collection and delighting in the actual written music of many of the great composers. For classical and opera music lovers, this is... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

This Museum is placed in a beautiful palazzo. It focuses mostly in the history of Giovanni Martini, an influential musician, priest and teacher who helped the careers of many musicians, including Mozart. Through his work we see the development of musical form, the instruments used and the historical context. Beautiful rooms, original manuscripts and a large display of musical instruments.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

Quite the amazing zone to revel, appreciate and be surprised in an atmosphere of sheer elegance and beauty. History lives through these superbly crafted instruments and getting your culture bearing is a lot of fun. The space is magnificent and the displays encourage you to search, discover and appreciate. We tagged behind a group whose leader was a past curator,... More 

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Riccione, Italy
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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This museum is easy to reach: just walk straight through Strada Maggiore. I don't like this museum, since I'm not really into the history of music. Btw, Palazzo Sanguinetti truly deserves a tour. It's a tipical noble house. You should visit it on first Sunday of every month, i.e. when the entrance to all museums is free of charge!

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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Visited this museum of music. Cost of entry was €5. Recommend hiring headset for €3 which gives you information on the exhibits and also a taste of the baroque music. Wonderful history and portraits of composers. Well worth spending an hour or two there.

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Reviewed 13 September 2016

I actually went to look at the CLEOPATRA exhibit which wasn't that much and decided to check out the permanent collection of the Museum of Music. I am not musically inclined like many of my friends but walking through rooms filled with musical instruments, original chord books, handwritten compositions, the oldest published music book going back centuries is just fascinating... More 

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