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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Palazzo Galvani, which today houses the Museo Civico archeologico di Bologna, dates back to 1336, when work began on the construction of the hospital and church of Santa Maria della Morte at the behest of the Compagnia, or religious society, of the same name. The hospital, which incorporated numerous pre-existing sacred or private structures, was divided into separate sections for men, women and the wounded, as well as having numerous rooms for offices, spices and even an ice-house.

The church was consecrated in 1427 and the entire building successively underwent enlargements and transformations, including a project by Antonio Morandi, known as Il Terribilia, who around the mid-16th century was responsible for the grand portico della Morte which still links Palazzo Galvani to the Archiginnasio.

The entire complex underwent further refurbishment until, between 1798 and 1801, the Confraternità della Morte was suppressed and the church and hospital closed. During the early decades of the 19th century, the interior structure was greatly modified in line with a design by architect Coriolano Monti, with the creation of the large stairway leading to the upper floor overlooking the courtyard.

With the precise intention of using the building as the site for the archaeological museum, two wings were added to the older structure in 1875, the southern and the eastern wings. For the inauguration in 1881, the central courtyard was transformed into a garden, adorned at the centre with a fountain with bronze putto by Stefano Galletti.

The Tariffs Programme of the Musei Civici di Bologna allows for the possibility of hiring out museum rooms and spaces to private individuals and/or bodies and associations.
To see the complete list of available spaces and associated rates, download Attachment 1.
To request a hiring of the museum rooms/spaces, it is necessary to download, fill in and send the special (printed) form to the relevant museum (Attachment 3).
The use of the museum rooms/spaces is subject to limitations and restrictions, so it is obligatory to take note of the form with Operative Regulations for the use of the spaces (Attachment 2), which must itself be supplied, duly filled in and signed, to the museum.