International museum and
library of music of Bologna

Museum / Info, opening hours and tickets

The International museum and music library, a cultural project realized by Municipality of Bologna with the contribution of the Presidential Cabinet and the Ministry of Culture, first opened on May 11th 2004 in the fascinating 16th century Palazzo Sanguinetti, in Strada Maggiore 34.
The building, donated by Eleonora Sanguinetti in 1986, underwent a long period of restoration in order to return the remarkable interior to original splendour: these frescoes painted in the 19th century are among the highest artistic achievements of the “Napoleonic” and “Neoclassical” period in Bologna. The restoration has also updated the building to contemporary standards of exhibition, conservation and public service.
The exposition, music library, Events hall, foyer with multimedia facilities and educational workshops, located in rooms decorated by Pelagio Pelagi, Serafino Barozzi, Vincenzo Martinelli, Antonio Basoli, render the Museum as a multi-functional, interactive and lively location, serving scholars, music lovers and tourists (both adults and children) all with a common interest: music in all its form and expressions.
The Museum is a part of Bologna Museums Institution - Music Area, that is proposed to give the Music Museum a role as coordinator in valorizing the artistic and bibliographic heritage within its purview and in promoting musical culture in the city and local area. The unit works through shared programs and conventions with the University of Bologna, the Conservatorio di musica G. B. Marini, the Fondazione Teatro Comunale and other institutions and organizations working in this field.

Head: Jenny Servino


Museum: from Tuesday to Sunday, Holidays 10:00 am > 6:30 pm
Library: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9.30 am>1.30 pm, Thursday 9.30 a.m.>1.30 pm - 2.30 pm>4.30 pm


Museum: Mondays, 1st January, 1st May, 25th December, 24th and 31th December closed at 2 pm
Library: Monday and Public Holidays, 7>20 August, 22th December 2018 > 7th January 2019

Full ticket: € 5.00

Reduced ticket: € 3.00

Free entrance: entitled

More info

Reduced ticket

visitors over 65 years old
visitors 18-25 years old
groups of 10 people or more
youngER Card or Family Card Comune di Bologna

Free entrance

first Sunday of the month
visitors under 18 years old
high school students
university students
tour guides and interpreters with proper ID
journalists with proper ID
two teachers for each school group
adult companion of minor attending Museum workshops
disabled visitors and their helpers
member of I.C.O.M. with proper ID
teachers and students faculty of architecture, cultural heritage, education sciences, graduate courses in literature or literary subjects with an archaeological or historical-artistic faculty of letters and philosophy, art academies, conservatories of music and similar courses of the Member States of the European Union, with card

Metropolitan Museum Card annual pass for free entry to the permanent collections of the museums and discounts and reductions to temporary exhibitions
€ 25.00 full price
€ 20.00 reduced price

Bologna Welcome Card entitles holders to admission to the permanent collections of all museums in the Istituzione Bologna Musei.
The card costs € 20.00 and is valid for 48 hours. It may be purchased at Bologna Welcome info points or can be reserved online at www.bolognawelcome.com.