General information

The Museo della Specola is part of the Department of Astronomy and of the Athenaeum Museum System (SMA) of the University of Bologna.
It occupies the Specola, the astronomical tower  built in the beginning of 18th-century over Palazzo Poggi, the University palace (see

Curator in chief:
prof. Fabrizio Ḅnoli
Museo della Specola, via Zamboni 33, Bologna
Postal Address:
Department of Astronomy, via Ranzani 1, I-40127 Bologna, Italy
tel: +39 051 - 2095701; fax: +39 051 - 2095700
For information, phone to 051 - 2099360
e-mail adress:;
web address:


The Museo della Specola is closed for restoration.

It will reopen in 2013 at some future date.

We apologise to our visitors.

(on sale at the Museum or at the Editrice Compositori).

A wide number of papers testify the link between the Museum, history of science scholars and the theaching of History of Astronomy at the University.

Reproductions of images must be authorized by Museo della Specola.