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“Breathtaking collection of historical keyboard instruments”

San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection
Ranked #13 of 378 things to do in Bologna
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

I spent the most amazing hour and a half at this wonderful museum, looking at and hearing played instruments from the early 16th to the early 20th century (and a couple of reproduction numbers, including one 2015 copy of the 16th century harpsichord it was sitting next to). The instruments are part of the collection of Luigi Tagliavini, a Bolognese organist, harpsichordist and musicologist who gifted his collection of over 70 instruments to be displayed at the church of San Colombano. The instruments are absolutely fascinating, and unbelievably beautiful. If you can, try to book into a tour with a guide who plays the instruments, as I did - absolutely breathtaking! (my tour was booked through the ARCA language school, which I am currently attending.

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

This collection houses some very old and important musical instruments. You don't have to be musical to appreciate the art work of the cabinets of the harpsichords. Set over a few levels so there are some steps to navigate. There is a life but not sure if it gives access to all levels? You do have to pay for entry and are given a hand held guide to listen to. There are toilets but no refreshments on site.

Thank Christine A
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Well worth visiting the very interesting collection of mostly keyboard instruments. There are about 80 instruments from Tagliavini Collection and all are kept in playing order. The frescos in the former church are outstanding. I wish we could have heard some of the instruments and we missed by a few days a performance that was going to be given. The free audio tour is good to learn about the instruments but has no music as others have noted.
When we return to Bologna, I will check out the schedule and hopefully be able to attend a performance. I also agree not have interactive music at some of the pieces is a lost chance. This is one of the things we enjoyed at Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels. STILL very worth going to.

Thank Claudia N
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Reviewed 2 December 2016

We came across this by chance, it was well worth a visit even for people without a great interest in old musical instruments. Interesting and well restored building with interesting decorated walls and ceilings. The instruments are very beautiful, pity there were no concerts while we were in Bologna. The small English Guidebook was a few euros and good value.

Thank 122Nick
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is a fascinating collection of beautiful instruments and a very interesting building to explore. We did hear some of the instruments being played via an interactive screen near the entrance but it's a pity you can't hear all of them. Still, we enjoyed our visit and would recommend it for people with even a little interest in the history of music.

Thank Goldilocks26
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