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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From Friday 17 to Sunday 19 June 2022 cash payments will not be possible at Archaeological Museum of Bologna. However, card and electronic payments will normally be allowed. Furthermore, on Monday 20 June 2022 the Museum will be closed and will reopen duly on Wednesday 22 June 2022. The current exhibition "Lucio Dalla.Anche se il tempo passa" will be duly open.


Notice of partial closure due to renovation works on the Archaeological Museum of Bologna from June 2021 until summer 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.


See opening times here

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.