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Museo di Palazzo Poggi

Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 209 9610
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Very interesting - worth a visit!

A wide selection of interesting things to see in a beautiful building. The wax models of the human... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Andrea C
Sandhurst, United Kingdom
via mobile
Old school museum of curiosities.

This converted church hosts an eclectic mix of natural science artifacts. The entry price is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
North Houston, Texas
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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 3 days ago 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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Deuteronomy-the-cat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 19 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
Reviewed 3 June 2017

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 4 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
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