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Geological Collection "Giovanni Capellini Museum"


Do you want to be a geologist for one day and investigate a prehistoric world? Come and see the wonderful Geological Collection, with over 500 years of didactic activity and scientific research and almost a million exhibits. You will see rocks, plants, fossil invertebrates and vertebrates. Meet some of the ancient creatures that lived on our planet millions of years ago, such as the impressive 26-metre-long Diplodocus, the Mammoth and other spectacular dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.



Via Zamboni, 63 - 40126 Bologna


+39 051 2094555

Education Department

+39 051 2094593

Scientific Advisor Prof. Roberto Barbieri

Opening hours


Following the order nr. 66 issued on the 23rd February 2020, decided by the President of Emilia-Romagna Region, in agreement with the Minister of Health, we inform you that all the activities  in every school, nurseries, universities, museums, public events and collective procedures have been suspended.

Therefore, the SMA Museums and Collections will be closed to the public until the 1st March 2020; all the activities and events are suspended.

Winter opening hours valid from 1 September to 31 May

Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 1pm

Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays: 10am - 6pm

Summer opening hours valid from 1 June to 31 August

Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 1pm

Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays: 10am - 6pm

Closed on 1 January, 1 May, 15 August, 24 and 25 December


Standard ticket 5€

Reduced-rate tickets 3€: young people aged 19 to 26 years; visitors over 65

Free admission: students of the University of Bologna, staff of the University of Bologna, young people up to 18 years old, school teachers of all grade levels with card, visitors with disabilities and accompanying visitors, licensed journalists and tourist guides, ICOM card holders, Card Cultura holders, Students of Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna.


- Through ticket 2 Museums/Collections: 8€

- Through ticket 3 Museums/Collections: 12€

Among the following Museums: Museum of Palazzo Poggi, European Museum of Students, Geological Collection "Giovanni Capellini Museum". Valid for 10 days.

Further information

Reservation is required for groups of more than 10 people (without guide), please contact

Interested in guided tours for groups? Please contact  to arrange an appointment. Geological Collection "Giovanni Capellini Museum"

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