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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

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


Free admission

During the exhibition "An american dinosaur in Bologna" (October 4, 2019 - January 12, 2020), the admission ticket is 3€. 

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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