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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Places / Exhibition rooms / Egyptian collection

The collection was presented to the public in 1881 with the inauguration of the museum. The original nucleus comprised a group of Egyptian antiquities in the University holdings, joined in 1861 by the magnificent collection of the Bolognese painter, Pelagio Palagi. In 1987, the collection was further enlarged thanks to a donation of items from the Greco-Roman era; these are of particular interest for their writing (bricks, funerary cones, papyri, mummy bandages).


Originally displayed on the museum’s first floor in rooms III-IV and V, the collection was moved in 1994 to the basement floor, with a totally renewed layout. The visit follows a chronological development to show the evolution of Egyptian art and culture from the Antique Kingdom to the Late Period, with a thematic annex dedicated to writing and funeral rites.

Opening times
Monday 10 am - 1 pm
Tuesday CLOSED (except holidays)
Wednesday 10 am - 1 pm
Thursday 3 pm -7 pm
Friday 3 pm - 7 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 10 am - 7 pm

Closed: 1st May, Christmas Day


Exhibition rooms | Egyptian collection