Travelling through time, in exhibitions and museums
Biomedical Museum (Mobimed)
Inaugurated as an exhibition in the spectacular backdrop of the Pico Castle in Mirandola, the museum hosts a wide range of historical and scientific pieces from biomedical companies and private collections. An itinerary that starts from the 60s and along which it is possible to admire real rarities, representative of the creative and production skills of the sector of which Mirandola is the heart.
Where: Via Focherini, 17 – Mirandola
Info: +39 335.377408
The “Leo Preti” Puppet Museum
Masks, devils, animals, wizards, witches, fairies and gentlewomen await you in Crevalcore!
These are the puppets of the puppet-master Leo Preti. In what was once called the “the museum of the smallest puppets in the world” you can admire a rich collection of fine back-cloths, demonstrating a tradition rooted in the Bolognese Plain and linked to the Commedia dell’arte.
Where: Via della Rocca, 2 – Crevalcore
Info: +39 051 988557-58
Il Museo della Pace (The Peace Museum)
A collection of objects gathered by Guido Mattioli from Crevalcore on the battlefields of the First World War, above all Carso. The museum is the only one in Emilia-Romagna devoted entirely to the First World War. The exhibition, besides personal equipment and weapons, also narrates the day-to-day life of the soldiers through photographs, letters and personal belongings.
Where: Via Candia, 385/a – Crevalcore
Info: +39 051 988558
Lamborghini museum – MUDETEC
This museum is located in the Lamborghini factory of Sant’Agata Bolognese. The recently renovated museum, now called MUDETEC (Museo delle Tecnologie), offers an emotional journey through vintage cars, images and stories of one of the most important car manufacturers in Italy. Visitors can also try out a driving simulator, stepping into the shoes of a professional driver, and put themselves to the test in the “Casa del Toro” cars at the most famous race tracks in the world.
Where: Via Modena, 12 – Sant’Agata Bolognese
info: +39 051 6817611
Archaeological Environmental Museum – The Bronze Age in Sant’Agata and its surroundings
The museum, inaugurated in 2010, is dedicated to findings from the Bronze Age, a period in which the territory of the Bolognese Plain was characterised by the terramare culture, linked to the villages called “terramare”.
The exhibits illustrate various household and paleo-environmental aspects of these ancient human settlements, starting from the research carried out at the main sites located in the plain between the Samoggia stream and the River Panaro.
The exhibition space is rich in nooks and crannies containing replicas of everyday objects, texts and drawings that offer visitors the opportunity to study and read about an important area of the Bolognese plain in the Bronze Age.
Where: Via Terragli a Ponente – Sant’Agata Bolognese
Info: +39 051 6871757
Exhibition “La Villa nel Pozzo” (The Villa in the Well)
The exhibition gathers the findings collected following the discovery in 2013 of an important archaeological site that brought to light most of a rustic Roman villa in Sant’Agata.
The objects found bear witness to the many activities carried out at that time.
The discovery of the well in which sediments of different ages were found (between the first century A.C. and the second century D.C.) was incredibly important.
In particular, vegetable and animal remains, fragments of materials and, above all, invaluable findings: receptacles, pitchers, vases, pails, tools, combs, spoons and other metal objects, wood, stone, ceramics and glass were all conserved in the well.
Where: Via II Agosto 1980, 118 – Sant’Agata Bolognese
Info: +39 051 6818911
Archaeological environmental and Late Medieval Museum
This museum is located in Porta Garibaldi, historic building standing on the ruins of an ancient Medieval gateway and used as the district prison until the 1960s, of which it still conserves some internal characteristics (cells, bars, inmates’ graffiti).
The display, rich in findings, reconstructions, images and information highlights the main archaeological findings in the area: from the Roman farm buildings scattered throughout the centuriation, to the Medieval walled village of Crocetta di Sant’Agata Bolognese, to the Renaissance workshops that produced graffiti pottery in the heart of Persiceto.
Environmental aspects and attention to the relationship between man, environment and territory over the centuries is given great importance.
Where: Corso Italia, 163 – San Giovanni in Persiceto
Info: +39 051 6871757;
Museum of the Sky and the Earth
The museum has five sections: Astronomy, Natural History, Nature, Entomology, Physics.
Inside the museum there is one of the largest planetariums in Italy, with a semi-spherical domed ceiling-screen with a diameter of 9 metres (on which a special projector reproduces around 1500 “stars”). On 10 August every year, to celebrate Saint Lorenzo’s feast day, the Planetarium, the Observatory and the lawn around it host the “Persiceteidi”, an evening dedicated to the phenomenon of shooting stars, observing the sky, everyone lying on the grass, looking up to the heavens.
Where: V.lo Bociadonne, 1 – San Giovanni in Persiceto
Info: +39 051 827067;
Museum of Religious Art
The museum is located in San Giovanni in Persiceto and occupies the most prestigious rooms of the 18th century parsonage adjacent to the Collegiata di San Giovanni Battista (Collegiate Church of San Giovanni Battista) and exhibits around fifty paintings by the XV-XVIII century Bolognese school (Guercino, Francesco Albani, Ercole Graziani) and more than forty liturgical objects from the XIV century on. The most valuable painting is the extraordinary panel of San Giovanni Battista, dedicated to the local patron saint, one of the masterpieces by Francesco Raibolini, called the “Francia” (1450-1517). Fun fact: here you can see the oldest representation in a painting of Parmigiano reggiano cheese.
Where: Piazza del Popolo, 22 – San Giovanni in Persiceto
Info: +39 051 821254;
In Sala bolognese. A tribute to the passion of the inhabitants of this land for movement and mobility. With 700 unique pieces, mainly old toys with a moving mechanism, including toy cars, tricycles, carriages, rocking horses, levers, pedals and wheels. The cars, with a series of functioning models, are the most valuable pieces of the collection, along with motorbikes and go-karts. The collection follows the historical evolution of the local car and motorbike brands.
Where: Via Calanchi, 13 – Sala Bolognese
info: +39 391 4345945
Ecomuseum of water
An exhibition centre and itineraries in the “Cassa di Espansione” and at hydraulic artefacts in the territory. The various elements of the Ecomuseum of water are all located in the hydraulic nodes between the Samoggia stream and the River Reno, around Sala Bolognese, and all contribute to the delicate management of the relationship between the land and water. The itinerary, closely linked to the mountain, which affects the territory’s water system, starts from above and descends to the Plain, highlighting the works needed for the correct water management. A place that narrates the centuries long relationship between man and water. Here you can travel paths on foot and by bike, along the “Cassa di Espansione’s” 24 hectares of woodland to discover native flora and fauna.
Where: Via Zaccarelli, 16 – Sala Bolognese
Info: +39 051 6871051
Archaeological Environmental Museum in Calderara
Get ready to leap into the past: the museum hosts the findings of the territory and reconstructs local history in Roman times. The museum will immediately transport you into everyday life in Roman times through the reproduction of a typical rustic building. Attention is also paid to the environmental aspect, nvestigating Roman landscape, agriculture and diet, to help visitors understand the relationship between man and the territory over the centuries.
Where: Via Roma, 12 – Calderara di Reno
Info: +39 051 6871757
Carpigiani Gelato Museum
The first and only museum dedicated to ice cream is to be found in Anzola dell’Emilia, cultural centre of excellence that traces the history, culture and technology of artisan Gelato (Italian ice cream) from its origins to the present day. In the museum’s 1000 sqm there is an interactive itinerary that accompanies visitors on a journey through time, in the places and ways of consuming ice cream. On display there are 20 original machines, 10,000 photographs and historical documents, vintage tools and accessories, alongside multi-media stations and original video-interviews. To dive into this experience like a spoon into a bowl of ice cream, you can book one of the many “gelato experiences” with tastings, guided visits, preparations, challenges to create the best recipe and workshops.
Where: Via Emilia, 45 – Anzola dell’Emilia
Info: +39 051 6505306
Archaeological Environmental Museum in Anzola
Opened in 2011, the Museum contains original finds and reconstructions that depict life in the Terramare of Anzola: the production of ceramic and metallurgical products, agriculture, livestock breeding and trade, as well as a very rare example of glassmaking. Alongside the exhibitions there are ludic and tactile activities, interactive and multimedia experiences as well as a scenographic classroom that reconstructs life inside and outside a Bronze Age hut.
Where: c/o ex caserma dei Carabinieri via Emilia, 87 – Anzola dell’Emilia
Info: +39 051 6871757;