Archaeological Museum of Bologna

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After a major refurbishment work the museum is ready for a very special autumn.

The whole of the ground floor is being renewed to house the exhibition co-produced by the Istituzione Bologna Musei | Museo Civico Archeologico and Arthemisia Group: “EGYPT. Millennia of Splendour. Masterpieces from Leiden in Bologna”, open from 16 October 2015 to 17 July 2016 in a new Exhibitions Room refurbished to the latest museographical standards.

This major exhibition, which for the first time in Italy sees the arrival of 500 archaeological items of great value from the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, is held in a new Exhibitions Room refurbished to the latest museographical standards.

However, the winds of change have not been blowing only in the temporary exhibitions spaces: the atrium and rest of the ground floor have also seen great changes, as will be clear after the re-opening on 16 October. The courtyard has also seen some work, with restoration beginning at this very moment on the great fountain at its centre.

The room occupied until now by the plaster casts collection (the ‘Gipsoteca’) has been transformed completely to become a reception area with large and modern bookshop, able to hold a large number of visitors and, above all, the extensive traffic of school classes that annually frequent the museum.

On the first floor, is re-open the prehistoric, Etruscan, Green, Roman and Etruscan Italic sections, offering some interesting new features. During the summer, the ‘Gipsoteca’ moved from the ground floor and now awaits visitors in its new and fascinating display, integrated into a layout that rounds off and enriches the sections dedicated to the collected holdings. The new changes also concern the display of archaeological finds not hitherto on public display, and offer a broader picture of the history of Bologna in Etruscan and Roman times.