Museo di Palazzo Poggi, Bologna

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4.6/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
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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  • I enjoyed the place but I am a medical educator. The wax teaching sculptures were amazing in their day but now are a dull second to the internet. Great for the history of medicine. The rest of the mus...  read more »
  • We have had to work and the next day I returned with my husband, I so appreciated that I wanted to see him calmly. It is a pleasant mix of science, history, art, culture, medicine, physics and passion X research and study. To see and discover reading.
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  • The University's own museum. The actual rooms are absolutely gorgeous ornate. The collections, especially the medical is very interesting. Exciting to see how proficient they actually were for several hundred years ago. The entrance fee is 5 € for adults.
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  • 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.
  • Quick visit only as the Prince and Princess of Japan were visiting. They crowded out much of the space with their security entourage.
  • worth of seeing, good opportunity to get to know what we don`t know about history of science, I didn`t find it uneven, rather various, maybe it could be better organized
  • The collections of the Museum of Palazzo Poggi are famous and unique. 2 hour visit immersed in pure science
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  • A beautiful Museum, not only science, but culture and history in a single and beautiful building. To visit if you are in Bologna
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