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Museo di Palazzo Poggi

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Address: Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 209 9610

Against the extraordinary backdrop of the 16th-century wall paintings that...

Against the extraordinary backdrop of the 16th-century wall paintings that decorate the building, the Museo di Palazzo Poggi reconstructs the paths of research and education that gave Bologna its sterling scientific reputation in the modern age: the Ulisse Aldrovandi Museum, the Ferdinando Cospi Collection, the collections amassed by Luigi Ferdinando Marsili, and the furnishings and instruments that belonged to the 18th-century Istituto delle Scienze.Based on 18th-century documentation and the scientific production of those who played a leading role during an extraordinary period in Italian culture, the museum brings a substantial part of Bologna’s scientific collections back to its 18th-century venue. It recreates the setting and system of relationships that made these collections an important part of the “scientific mentality” of the era, transforming them into essential documents that now allow us to interpret the modern scientific culture.

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Sometimes creepy... But enlightened

This museum is worth a look for a couple of hours as the wax models are amazing of the human body. The midwifery section is fascinating. Kids won't like it!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ely, United Kingdom
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Ely, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is worth a look for a couple of hours as the wax models are amazing of the human body. The midwifery section is fascinating. Kids won't like it!

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Didn't expect to visit much more than the naval/navigation museum, but went round the whole set . The natural history collections were particularly impressive such a lot of tiny shells catalogued and displayed. The wax exhibits for surgeons and midwives were not at all gory and made one wonder why the London bodysnatchers had to do it all over again... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A highlight of our Italian Holiday was finding this Museum .With an interest in all things medical, so many of the exhibits gave us an insight into how students were taught in the past. Loved the anatomical wax models. The library was spectacular and standing along side the rows of books dating back 500 to 600 years was astounding. You... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is a cleanly, carefully laid-out museum (entrance f: 5 Euros) in the University district with a rewarding collection of varied old treasures. These range from glass cases containing loads of botanical and zoological tablets on pear wood, wall-mounted examples of military architecture, and large-ish model ships. For me the highlight is a small room containing several dozen cold-painted terracotta... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

No glamorous objects here but the exhibits are of high educational and scientific values. They are presented in a very nice way and you may learn a lot if you are patient to see what they are. Some exhibits are certainly very precious in the eyes of the experts. Impressive!

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Baltimore, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

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 museum has some mildly interesting pieces but not quite up to the marvels of other visits in Italy.

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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

If you want to learn about history of schooling on university this is a right place. Exhibition is really astonishing. You can feel passed centuries but at the same time you can see modern students hanging around

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Amazing teaching artifacts on display in this museum. Well worth a 3-4 hour visit of all departments as it will not disappoint. Not really a place to take small children but certainly very interesting to older minds.

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Mons, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

This is a great little museum that is extremely well done and has a little bit of everything for everyone. It isn't large----a couple of hours should be plenty of time to explore--- but is filled with so many aspects of Italian history. The maritime architectural history is fascinating as are the wax anatomy exhibits. And don't miss the library;... More 

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

the waxworks completed for anatomical and midwifery instruction are fascinating, as are the large model ships and globes. So much to see.

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