Museums of the Genus Bononiae circuit reopening from 19 May 2020

Genus Bononiae. Musei nella Città reopens the doors of all its museums to visitors, in full compliance with the safety protocols outlined in the current regulations set to contain the COVID-19 emergency.

Together with Palazzo Fava and its exhibition The Rediscovery of a Masterpiece on the Griffoni Polyptych, all the other venues of the Genus Bononiae circuit in the city centre are once again open to the public.

In the Church of Santa Maria della Vita, the Lamentation over the Dead Christ – the famous terracotta group by Niccolò dell’Arca – is accessible to a maximum of 3 visitors at the same time. The exhibition Women. Un mondo in cambiamento, organised in collaboration with National Geographic, is still on display in the oratory. Originally scheduled to close on 17 May, it has been extended until 13 September 2020. Access to the exhibition is limited to 60 visitors at the same time, in order to respect the required social distancing measures.

The Biblioteca di Arte e Storia di San Giorgio in Poggiale, which has preserved since 2009 the extensive library collections of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna – comprising over 100.000 volumes of local history and art history – still hosts the exhibition Zoo di Carta, dedicated to the zoological illustrations printed in Bologna in the late 18th century from George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon’s influential Histoire Naturelle. The opening times are Monday / Wednesday / Friday, 09:00 am – 1:00 pm, and Tuesday / Thursday, 09:00 am – 5:00 pm.

San Colombano – Collezione Tagliavini, celebrating its ten-year anniversary, also welcomes visitors to admire its extraordinary and precious collection of over 90 musical instruments – clavichords, organs, harpsichords, spinets, pianoforti, all perfectly functioning – donated by the Bolognese organist and musicologist Maestro Luigi Tagliavini.

Finally, Palazzo Pepoli. Museo della Storia di Bologna, the very heart of Genus Bononiae with its innovative museum itinerary dedicated to the history, culture and transformations of Bologna from the Etruscan Felsina to the present day, is also open to the public. Its new Sala dei Terremoti, the product of a project that is unique in Italy, enriches the museum displays with a focus on earthquakes and seismic phenomena in the city of Bologna and the surrounding areas. The only space to remain temporarily closed to visitors is the virtual reality room Il Futuro Dimenticato.