Museum of Industrial Heritage

Museo del Patrimonio Industriale

ex Fornace Galotti
Via della Beverara, 123
40133 Bologna

Library - Archive
Museo del Patrimonio Industriale

Access only by appointment
Via della Beverara, 123
40133 Bologna
fax 051.6346.053

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The Museum is located in a former brickworks on the Navile Canal known as Fornace Galotti “Battiferro”, built in 1887.
The facility was idled in 1966, and was later renovated by the city, which saved the Hoffmann kiln and redeveloped the upper floors, which had been used to dry unfired materials.

Site of the Museum since 1997, the factory was once used to produce clay-based construction materials (bricks, hollow brick, roof tiles, hollow flat tile, chimneys) and ornamental terracotta pieces (cornices, corbels, vases), employing some two hundred workers using the Hoffmann continuous kiln.

The exhibition spaces occupy a total area of some 3,000 square meters on three floors with museum labels in Italian and English.
An adjacent building houses a temporary exhibition space, offices, the library and the archives.

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From 1 January to 15 June and from 16 September to 31 December:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 to 13;
Saturday from 9 to 13 and from 15 to 18;
Sunday from 15 to 18.

From 16 June to 15 September:
Opening ONLY by reservation for groups of at least 5 people.

Closed: December 25, January 1 and May 1.


Full € 5.00

Reduced € 3.00

Reduced admission for:

visitors over 65
university students with ID card
groups of 10 or more
holders of Family Cards or Carta Giovani del Comune di Bologna
certain partner organizations and associations

Admission is free for:

visitors 18 or younger
high school students
two chaperons per school group
1 chaperon for groups of 10 or more
1 chaperon for minor participating in museum workshops
licensed tour guides
licensed journalists
persons with disabilities and their helpers
ICOM members
Bologna Welcome Card holders
certain partner organizations and associations

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