This museum is a little out of the centre and has limited opening hours and so probably doesn't get the visits it deserves. As I like walking, I went on foot. From the railway station, cross the railway bridge and turn left into Via dei Carracci which takes you past the back of the railway station. Turn right into the park which follows the old canal (Parco Villa Angeletti). Follow this right through and cross the major road and keep going along the path on the left side of the canal til you reach the museum. Its about 3km from the station. Alternatively you can catch a number 30 bus towards Sostegno and get off at Beverara.
In summer its open only Tuesday - Thursday in the morning but its often more in winter. You need to check their website.
The museum is spread over 3 floors of what used to be a factory producing bricks, chimneys and other terracotta items such as the detail you see on many Bologna buildings. You can see examples of many local innovations from companies both famous and relatively unknown. A few examples are Ducati motorbikes, Maserati cars, Carpigiani ice-cream machines and Zamboni pasta makers.
There is also a fascinating display on silk making. Bologna was a major centre of high quality voile silk for centuries until changing tastes eventually took their toll.. Extensive use was made of water driven large wooden machines to spin the silk which was then woven by individual women in their homes. The waterways are now largely covered over but you can catch glimpses of them here and there in the city.The display also shows some examples of fashions gone by and renaissance paintings showing this fine silk.
Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in industrial machinery and the history of Bologna. There is a 5 euro entrance fee. Most descriptions have an English version but often these are set very low.
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