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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  • The wax and ceramic anatomical models have a certain strange beauty. Many were created in the 1750s for teaching purposes. The museum here is many small museums in one, the anatomical section is only ...  more »
  • Very unique Museum, the history of Anatomy and biology in addition to modern astronomical and nautical Sciences. Recommended for mature audiences.
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  • Very interesting subject and well exposed images. I would like more time to visit first path. disposizione.ne worth.
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • Quick visit only as the Prince and Princess of Japan were visiting. They crowded out much of the space with their security entourage.
  • Truly a remarkable Museum, a treasure available to students of the Alma Mater and beyond.
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