The museum houses the collections and laboratories of the old Istituto delle Scienze of the University of Bologna. The institute was founded by Luigi Ferdinando Marsili and the oldest scientific institution dedicated to research and experiments.
A view of Sala di Mosè painted by Prospero Fontana:
The Sala di Susana by Pellegrino Tibaldi
The Museum is divided into seven different sections: Natural History, Anatomy and Obstetrics, Physics and Chemistry, Military Architecture, Geography and Nautical Science, The Library, and East Asian Art.
Inside the Natural History section, you could see the collection of Ulisse Aldrovandi, the founder of Modern Natural History.
The collection of Luigi Ferdinando Marsili on Natural History and minerals could also be found in the same section.
The last collection in this section is the Museum diluvianum, the Great Flood, linked to the study of the structure and age of the earth based on fossils.
The Physics and Chemistry section contain laboratory collections on electricity, and lights and optics.
The Anatomy and Obstetrics section contain collections from the school of obstetrics, the anatomical waxworks of Morandi and Manzolini, and Ercole Lelli and Clemente Susini’s the Venerina.
The Military Architecture section contains interesting diorama of the past centuries warfare.
17th and 18th-century maps and small models of ships used on long voyages during those times are on display at the Geography and Nautical Science section.
The Library is the first library of the Istituto delle Scienze in operation since 1724 forms the collection of books from Marsili.
The East Asian collection contains Japanese woodblock prints and illustrated books. Japanese and Chinese paintings are also on display.
MUSEO DI PALAZZO POGGI
Via Zamboni 33
tel: +39 0512099610
fax: +39 0512099402
Taxi: 051 372727 / 534141
Bus from train station: Viale Pietramellara, Linea C
Stop: Teatro Comunale
From Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 – 14.00
Closed from 15 to 22 August.
From Tuesday to Friday 10.00 – 16.00
Saturday and Sunday: 10.30 -17.30