Museum of History of Bologna
In an innovatively converted palazzo, a multimedia journey going all the way back to the ancient Etruscans
Fascinating history tutorial
Created with the intention of giving a comprehensive picture of Bologna's history, the multimedia Museo della Storia di Bologna in the somewhat austere Palazzo Pepoli (supplemented by modern annexes, à la Louvre of Paris) lays it all out - architecturally, socially, militarily, artistically, and scientifically - from Etruscan times to the present day. Of particular note are the rooms which describe the bombardment which devastated not just the city but much of Italy in World War II, and others about progressive artistic and social movements which have shaped and defined this city and its society. An absolute must to put what you see out on the streets in context.