The collections of the Archaeological Civic Museum grew from a first nucleus formed by the collections of the University of Bologna (Aldrovandi, Cospi, Marsili, Lambertini collections), subsequently enriched by the exceptional collection of the Bolognese painter Pelagio Palagi acquired by the city in 1861 .
Shortly thereafter the successful season of urban excavations began, inaugurated in 1869 with the discovery of the Etruscan tombs at the Certosa, which was followed by years of important discoveries in the city and in the surrounding area.
Currently the museum’s collections boast about 200,000 works, divided into sections that still partly maintain the original exhibition criteria and order.
For each section, an introduction is proposed, both of the set-up and a brief historical overview of the subject matter, a theme that is identified in the chronological period or in the ancient civilization of which the finds are exhibited.
The most significant works of each section are then presented, chosen for their artistic and / or historical value, accompanied by images and a brief interpretation of the object.
For the little ones
A small contribution from the Archaeological Museum to fill the day for the little ones: you can download the didactic notebook “A house for Iadi and Perpauti” and find out everything (or almost) about life in a house in Ancient Egypt.
(Photo: Facebook page of the Civic Archaeological Museum)