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 September 16th to July 15th:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 to 13;

Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 18:30

from July 16th to September 15th:

Opening ONLY by reservation for groups of at least 5 people.

Closed: Monday, December 25, January 1 and May 1.



Full € 5.00

Reduced € 3.00

Reduced admission for:

- visitors > 65

- visitators > 18 and ≤ 25 (€ 2)

- groups of 10 or more

- holders of Family Card of Comune di Bologna or YoungERcard

- certain partner organizations and associations

Admission is free for:

- visitors 18 or younger

- high school students

- university students with ID card

- two chaperons per school group

- 1 chaperon for groups of 10 or more

- 1 chaperon for minor participating in museum workshops

- persons with disabilities and their helpers

- ICOM members

- licensed tour guides

- licensed journalists

- certain partner organizations and associations

- subjects listed in Article 4 paragraph 3 letter a, b, d, e, f, g, h, i - Decree n. 507 of 11/12/1997, and subsequent amendments (including students and teachers of the Conservatory and other equivalent institutions listed under letter h)

- pre-school teachers and nursery school educators of the Municipality of Bologna

- every first Sunday of each month, from October to March (suspended following the decree of Ministry of Health 25th September 2020)

- last two opening hours of each museum on Thursdays (from April to September)

- Card Cultura and Bologna Welcome Card holders