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Museo di Palazzo Poggi

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Waxing lyrical

Fascinating. Dissection meets art. Disturbing, enlightening, educational. Wonderful building... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ian H
Stroud, United Kingdom
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Well worth a visit

We stumbled across this place & we’re really pleased we did. An incredible collection of natural... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Stroud, United Kingdom
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“wax models”(12 reviews)
“natural history”(10 reviews)
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...more
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Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating. Dissection meets art. Disturbing, enlightening, educational. Wonderful building, helpful smiling people working the ticket counter.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled across this place & we’re really pleased we did. An incredible collection of natural history followed by a fascinating collection of anatomical waxworks. So much history in one place & overlooked by so many people. A great insight into anatomical waxworks & how...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2018

The entrance for disabled visitors is round the corner in Via Alfredo Trombetti. Its a long way round, and you need to be met at the lift by a member of staff, but everyone was very friendly and helpful. The museum itself is fascinating, especially...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

This museum is very cool. The beauty of the house (look up!!!) together with the scientific displays of models of the human body and all kinds of animals is really something special.

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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

Very interesting anatomy section with lots of babies in different womb positions. Lots of detail and also full figures with bone and mussle detail. History section and ship models also very interesting.

1  Thank Anemari O
Reviewed 28 April 2018

This is a nightmare for all women who wish to procreate. There are all of these babies in clay wombs. Breached positions; the umbilical cord wrapped around their throats; both legs sticking out of the womb; twisted limbs. It is a strong contraceptive. There was...More

4  Thank BabyChurro
Reviewed 27 April 2018

So what macabre but certainly interesting and worth your time to visit. The wax models brought to life the experience of education from centuries ago. It was also interesting to spend tome in the University area of Bologne, the oldest university in the world we...More

Thank Jane M
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Museum has very interesting collection but exposition is old, dated and old fashioned. You can't pay by card, but there is interesting catalogue to buy. Place a little messy and dusty but it's worth to visit.

1  Thank Rudawianki
Reviewed 29 March 2018

For years I've been wanting to visit the Sleeping Venus, and now I have. The museum (in the vast Palazzo Poggi) is in the heart of the university quarter of Bologna, though nary a student could direct me to the entrance, even when I was...More

1  Thank MM C
Reviewed 27 March 2018

This museum houses several interesting collections covering many fields of science - the wrinkle is that everything here is from the 16th to 18th century. There are, for example, thousands upon thousands of botanical, zoological, and geological speicimans collected by two very dedicated naturalists of...More

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