Museo Ebraico di Bologna ~ Reason #10 why I love Bologna.
I have always had a fascination with Italy's Jewish history. During my visit to Bologna last year, I visited the Museo Ebraico di Bologna (the Jewish Museum) on Via Valdonica, 1/5.
When you arrive at this museum, you will find a locked gate and a sign saying to ring the buzzer. The ticket office is inside the building where the temporary exhibitions are displayed.
The day I visited, there was an exhibit of black and white photographs by Robert Capa from 1948-1950 of Israel displayed. I enjoyed spending time looking at these interesting photographs. I found a couple of websites with some of his photos of Israel from 1948-1950 here and here. I can’t remember now exactly which photos were displayed in the museum, but I am do recognize a couple of the photos on these websites. The temporary exhibition was free. After spending time looking at the photographs, I paid 4 euros to visit the permanent exhibit.
The permanent exhibition is located in the building next door. You are given a set of headphones to use while visiting this part of the museum. Inside the permanent exhibit there are 4 short narrated films along with information on each wall. The films are about the history of the Jewish people, the Jewish religion, the history of the Jewish people in Bologna, and the history of the Jewish people in Emilia Romagna. I enjoyed all four films along with the information on each wall. Although it was a very small museum, I spent quite a bit of time there.
*Edited March 14th - forgot to add this screen shot of the layout of the museum (from the Museo Ebraico di Bologna website)
If you have any interest in learning about the Jewish people of Bologna and Emilia Romagna, I would highly recommend a visit to this museum. Photographs were not allowed inside the museum. This is a photograph of a few buildings in the area near the museum.
This summer, I hope to visit more museums in Bologna. The museums were closed on the day I attempted to visit last year due to some sort of museum employee meeting. If you are planning to visit Bologna, check out this informative website, which contains information on many of the major museums in Bologna.