Bologna Museo Pelagalli
About Museo Pelagalli
Just outside the city walls is this Museum Pelagalli aptly named after its enthusiastic and long-time collector Giovanni Pelagalli. It also happens to be known as “Mille voci…mille suoni” and is without doubt one of Italy’s most extraordinary museums.
Inside are 1300 original and working items surprisingly located in a garage, albeit a big one at that!
The first line of exhibits detail the beginnings of radio in a chronological and scientific order along with scientific instruments as well as the evolution of the museum itself until 1960.
Signor Pelagalli is a very welcome and friendly host throughout his personal guide of the museum. He was an electronic technician for many years therefore each exhibit reflects a valuable insight on the evolution of radio-communication, in particular, among the famous eras of Marconi and the Ducati brothers known the world over for their incredible inventions.
Surprisingly still, is that everything is in tip-top shape. In other words, even if these ancient items appear to be lacking life, Signor Pelagalli will prove otherwise and let visitors observe him breathe life into these once sought-after devices.
In Guglielmo Marconi’s room, there are original and rare items which testify to the greatness of this scientist. There’s even a philatelic exhibition dedicated to Marconi with pieces from all over the world.
Further along is the history of the phonograph through the Dictaphone, Edison’s phonograph, Pathè, the gramophone towards the end of 1800’s, a puppet theatre, fable discs from the 1920s, and over 7000 recordings.
The third exhibit shows the history of music from 1700-1800. All types of organs are on display and right up close too, so there can be no mistaking the true entertainment value that once-upon-a-time were churned out by these machines.
In the last room is a section dedicated to the irrepressible genius of the three Ducati brothers, Adriano, Marcello and Bruno and then lastly, a fabulous section on movies and cinema.
Considering our digital age now, this Bolognese museum will forever be an important legacy to the evolution of technology demonstrating one of the last bastions of mechanical supremacy.