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Museo Pelagalli - Mille voci... mille suoni

40131 Bologna, Italy (Emilia Romagna)

Address via Col di Lana, 7/N
Floor area 2 000 m² / 21 528 ft²   Area for radios (if not the same) 700 m² / 7 535 ft²
Museum typ Exhibition
Radio and Kommunication in general
  • Typewriter, calculating and coding
  • Mechanical Music Instruments
  • TV and image recording
  • Wire- & tape recording
  • Record players with pick up
  • Media
  • Radios (Broadcast receivers)
  • Jukeboxes
  • Telephone / Telex
  • Computer / Informatic
  • Morse technology
  • Gramophone (no electrical sound transmission)
  • Amateur Radio / Military & Industry Radio
  • Movie recording and playback

Opening times
Guided tours for school and groups, by appointment only (60/120 minutes)

Status from 10/2018
We don't know the fees.

Tel.:+39-051-6491 008  Fax:+39-051-6491 008  
Mobile:+39-338-86 09 111  eMail:info  


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Location / Directions
N44.500803° E11.319890°N44°30.04818' E11°19.19340'N44°30'2.8908" E11°19'11.6040"

2 Km from the centre of Bologna
2 km from the railway station (bus lines: 13-19-33-35 direction: Saffi - Emilia Ponente)
4 Km from the airport (take the Airbus and get off at Emilia Ponente Street)
500 m from the stadium

By car:
highway from Florence-Milan-Brennero Exit at “Bologna Casalecchio" tollbooth or "Bologna Borgo Panigale", follow directions for the centre, continue for 4-5km (you will run along the Certosa parking) then 200 m and on the left (via del Timavo) you will see our sign. Just follow the directions and the museum is only 200 m away.

If you come from the Rimini-Ravenna-Padova highway: get onto the orbital road and exit at Bologna-Lame (take Exit 5). Turn left (direction Via Marco Polo, Via Zanardi, Porta Lame) and then turn right on to Viale Silvani, about 500 m, turn right on to Via Saffi , continue until the third traffic light and then turn left on to Via del Timavo, follow the signs.

Some example model pages for sets you can see there:

I: RAM R.A.M., Radio RD2000 (1927/28)
I: Ducati, SSR Società RR3404 "Paniere" Ch= RR3404.5 (1940?)
USA: RCA RCA Victor Co. Radiola 60 (1928)


Wikipedia.IT - translated with
The Museum of Communication and Multimedia Giovanni Pelagalli - Mille voci... mille suoni is an exhibition and information resource dedicated to the history of telecommunications, from its origins to the most recent developments.

The museum structure, which houses over 2000 original and functional exhibits, is located in Via Col di Lana, 7/L, in the Port District of Bologna.

Founded and animated by Giovanni Pelagalli, the museum was awarded the UNESCO Prize in 2007
The museum covers an area of over 700 square metres. The display areas occupy about 2.000 square metres. Over 1.300 original, fully working items have a fascinating story to tell:

HISTORY OF RADIO: an enchanting journey from the forerunners of Marconi to nowadays.


THE HISTORY OF 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY MECHANICAL MUSIC MACHINES - organs, music boxes, pianolas, pianos, etc,

THE HISTORY OF CINEMA - from the beginnings of cinema with the magic lantern of mid-1800’s to “animated photography” of the Lumière Brothers in 1895 to the first silent motion picture projector of 20’s, the sound projectors of the 30’s, cinematography and 35mm and 70mm.

THE MARCONI GALLERY - MARCONI'S HALL: an exhibit of numerous rare and original pieces and keepsakes that belonged to Marconi: Marconi as a scientist, Marconi as a trader.

THE DUCATI GALLERY - DUCATI HALL: an exhibit of civil and military radio sets, cameras, precise mechanical instruments, engines and motorcycles, research documents. All this rarity shows the genius of the Ducati Brothers: Adriano, Marcello and Bruno, that since 1924 has spread from Bologna throughout the world.

HISTORY OF TELEVISION: - from Baird’s Televisor (1925-1928) to the first black and white television with reflected images from 1954 to the first Italian TV (1954), to the first experimental colour television with a round screen, the “Lascia o Raddoppia” quiz show, etc...

HISTORY OF TELEPHONES: from Meucci’s first telephone in 1871, to the wooden telephones with handles from the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries; telephones from the 20th century to the first “satellites” from the 70’s, etc.

HISTORY OF COMPUTERS: from Quintino Sella’s slide rule (1850) to the first keyboard with a memory unit from the late 70’s, to mechanical calculators with “extensive keyboards” from the 30’s - 40’s) and the first PCs..

JUKE BOXES: the colorful music of the fifties, with over 8,000 songs, 1,000 romance, 1,000 famous songs ready to choose and listen to

SOUND RECORDING : magnetophones with steel thread , recorders, etc..

HISTORY OF ITALIAN AND NEAPOLITAN SONGS: famous singers, more than 20, 000 original LP recordings, history of Italian opera with 1500 famous voices and songs, rare orchestras, etc...

LIBRARY: an important collection of rare books, old magazines, prints, stamp collections, coins and medals related to the museum.

VIDEO LIBRARY AND FILM LIBRARY: a large movie collection, 35-16-8 film format and vhs, posters, etc presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.



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