Archaeological Museum of Bologna

Museo Civico Archeologico
Via dell'Archiginnasio 2 - 40124 Bologna

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Via de' Musei 8 – 40124 Bologna
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New rules for accessing museums: from Friday 6th August a green pass is compulsory

As of Friday 6th August, following the entry into force of Decree Law 105/2021, access to museums, libraries, concerts and temporary exhibitions in the premises of Istituzione Bologna Musei is subject to submitting a Covid-19 green certificate, the so-called green pass. These requirements are also valid to attend cultural events, including outdoor ones. The certification is verified by showing the green pass in digital or paper format together with a valid identification document. To protect privacy, the holder's personal data is only read out via the national VerificationC19 app, but not recorded.

It is advisable to present a green pass in digital format in order to facilitate readability through the VerificaC19 app.

The green pass is not required for people excluded by age from the vaccination campaign (up to 12 years of age) or exempt on the basis of certified medical reasons


Notice of partial closure due to renovation works on the Archaeological Museum of Bologna from June 28, 2021 until spring 2022

Due to an important fire prevention regulatory adjustment the Archaeological Museum of Bologna will remain partially closed to the public from the 28th of June 2021.
The works, commissioned by the Municipality of Bologna, will last approximately 10 months.
Therefore, from the 28th of June it will no longer be possible to visit the collections on the first floor: Prehistoric, Etruscan, Gallic and Roman sections, and Etrusco-italic, Greek, Roman and Plaster Cast collections.
The Lapidarium on the ground floor and the rich Egyptian collection in the basement remain accessible to the public.
Simultaneously with the partial closure, the Museum will promote a new format in which to present exhibitions, meetings and appointments. From July the 1st, “AGORÀ ARCHEOLOGIA. The square near the square ” will be an integral part of the exhibition: a multifunctional space where, among other initiatives, a selection of the most valuable artworks - normally preserved on the closed first floor - will be displayed in rotation.

See opening times here

See new arrangements for the access to the Museum

In compliance with Decree Law no. 105 dated 23 July 2021, we inform you that from 6 August you must show your green pass at the ticket office to be admitted to the Archaeological museum and the temporary exhibitions.

Book your access and buy your ticket online (In order to avoid queues and long waits, we strongly recommend that you buy your ticket online)



The Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna has been in the 15th-century Palazzo Galvani since its official inauguration on 25th September, 1881.

It contains the exceptional archaeological collections from the former Museo Universitario, the donated collection of painter Pelagio Palagi, and from the excavations effected in Bologna and the surrounding area between the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century.

The museum has one of the most important archaeological collections in Italy and is above all strong in holdings concerning local history, from prehistory to Roman times.

Its Etruscan section offers a starting point for discovering the culture of Etruria in the Po valley, which had Bologna as its capital, the Etruscan Felsina.

The classical collections conserve masterpieces of Greek and Roman art; there is also an important collection of Egyptian antiquities, one of the most important of Europe.

Archaeology A.U.

The Archaeology Unit is located in the Museo Civico Archeologico in Palazzo Galvani. The unit coordinates valorization of the archaeological heritage of the city and local area by means of shared programs and conventions with the Archaeological Superintendency of Emilia-Romagna, the University of Bologna and the other archaeological institutions and organizations. It works to safeguard this heritage, ensuring that it is properly conserved while also made available to scholars and the general public.

Director: Paola Giovetti -

The Istituzione Bologna Musei represents the newly organized Musei Civici of Bologna.