Museo di Palazzo Poggi, Bologna

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The Palazzo Poggi is a palazzo in Via Zamboni 33, Bologna, Italy. It is the headquarters of the University of Bologna and of the rector of the university.HistoryThe Palazzo Poggi was built as the home of Alessandro Poggi and his brother the future Cardinal Giovanni Poggi. The building was erected between 1549 and 1560. The design of the Palazzo Poggi has been attribured to Bartolomeo Triachini. He was apparently given the commission for the Palazzo Poggi by the Bishop Giovanni Poggi shortly before he was elevated to Cardinal. Other sources attribute the design of the Palazzo Poggi to Pellegrino Tibaldi. Cardinal Poggi met Pellegrino Tibaldi after the painter moved to Rome in 1547, and later commissioned him to paint the Palazzo Poggi. Tibaldi, a native of Bologna, returned to the city in 1555 and painted frescos for the Cardinal in the palace and the family chapel. The frescoes are considered Tibaldi's masterpiece.In 1714 the Palazzo Poggi became the House of the Instituto dell Scienze of Bologna. The Institute of Sciences was founded by Luigi Ferdinando Marsili. The Tower Observatory (La Specola) was built between 1712 and 1725. The library was built in 1744 following designs by Giuseppe Antonio Torri and Carlo Francesco Dotti. The collection of images was begun in 1754. The monumental Great Hall of the institute was added to the north side of the palace in the eighteenth century, opened in 1756.
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  • This is a highly personal museum, in the tradition of the German Wunderkammer, beautifully installed and well worth a visit, That is, it was assembled by one person's eclectic tastes and informs us as...  more »
  • Don't go to the room of ostetrics if you are pregnant though, they have quite accurate 18th century models there about deformed fetuses and uteruses which are shocking. I would also discourage people ...  more »
  • Science part of the university where the rooms are split into different aspect of science, the wax models with skeleton and different layers of wax showing the muscle groups were a must see and so too...  more »
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  • Amazing but crowded. Better off season
  • Awesome museum. Very unique. It focuses on the history of science and even is laid out in an "old fashioned way." The rooms have old fashioned wooden cabinets with collections that have old labels on them. It really helps you imagine how collections used to displayed. The museum doesn't focus so much on the artefacts themselves but how science was perceived in previous centuries. Everything in the museum was cutting edge at some time, whether it be boat construction, maps, optics, terracotta foetuses, fossil collection, etc. The frescoes are also worth seeing and only 5€.
  • Grat Museum for Natural History Fans 💙
  • Superb fresco cycles throught this palace.
  • A very uneven museum, populated almost randomly by some things that you would expect: items of science, a rather small library, fleeting displays of university history. Then you will find several rooms dedicated to the completely unexpected and out of place: military architecture, particularly fortress design from the 17th century; rooms full of model ships from the late medieval through about the 18th century. The science items themselves are uneven: a room full of small fossils; a room full of models of fetus development; discussions of some Bologna scientists, but omitting many. This museum is worth a quick look, but it could be much better organized and more representative.