Municipal Art Collections

Bologna - c/o Palazzo D'Accursio, Piazza Maggiore 6,

Municipal Art Collections


Entry price: € 4.00
reduction € 2. Free: visitators under 15 and over 65 + group and school leaders, tourist guides, special agreements, for everyone on the 1st Saturday of every month from 3pm to the closing time, January 6th, October 4th, December 26th


Always open
Tuesday - Friday: 9.00 am - 6.30 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10.00 am - 6.30 pm; 24 + 31st December 9.00 am - 2.00 pm


Telephone: +39 051 2193998

Founded in 1936 in the former winter apartments of the Cardinal Legates in the Town Hall, the Collezioni Comunali d'Arte (Municipal Art Collections) represent the closing stage of a comprehensive reorganisation of the municipal museums, started with Italy's unification by the local administration. The old core of artworks already belonging to the previous town governments, such as the "Magistrature", was then widened by adding parts of the collection previously belonging to artist and art collector Pelagio Palagi which was to become the core of the most important municipal museums, together with the properties of the then-dismantled religious orders, and bequests made by collectors, families, private citizens throughout the centuries. The rooms, which were extensively restored in the Thirties, still keep relevant painted portions (friezes, wood ceilings, and vaults) mostly from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Having kept the original layout from the Thirties, today the Collection is laid out as a "furnished museum", where canvasses, furniture, furnishings, not always displayed in a chronological order, mark the sequence of historical rooms opening one into the other: the great "Vidonian" hall, interspersed with paintings and sculptures, recalls the Baroque gallery arrangement; in several rooms of the "Rusconi" ell, furnishings come to the fore, thus evoking 18th-century private mansions.

Fonte: redazione locale Bologna


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