Genus Bononiae – Palazzo Pepoli. Museum of the History of Bologna

Via Castiglione 8

40124 – Bologna

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Inaugurated in January 2012, the Bologna History Museum at Palazzo Pepoli is at the heart of the “Genus Bononiae. Musei nella città” system, created by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio. Its exhibits are devoted to the history and culture of Bologna, together with the transformations undergone by the city, from the ancient Felsina of the Etruscan era to the present day.

The history of the city and its inhabitants are told through innovative displays and exhibits using a variety of materials and means: archaeological finds, paintings, sculptures, documents, video and audio files, and virtual replicas.

One of the museum’s halls – originally an alcove – is dedicated to music, especially that of the 18th century. This was when institutions established in Bologna, such as the Philharmonic Academy founded in 1666 by the aristocrat Vincenzo Maria Carrati, began to emerge on the European stage, together with some of the protagonists of Bologna’s music scene, such as the Franciscan friar Giovan Battista Martini, a music historian and theoretician who was a teacher to Bach’s youngest son and a young Mozart, among others.

A video installation narrated by the actor Giorgio Albertazzi tells the tale of the exam a 14-year-old Mozart had to take to be admitted to the Philharmonic Academy, of his sojourn in Bologna, and of the cultural and musical life of the city at the time.