Museo della Civiltà Contadina


Museum of rural culture

Where: Via San Marina, 35 - 40010 Bentivoglio (BO)

Museo della civiltà contadina - Ph Bianca Maria Rizzoli
Museo della civiltà contadina - Ph Bianca Maria Rizzoli

The Museum of rural culture, which is situated in the hamlet of San Marino (5 km far from Bentivoglio), is housed in the beautiful 19th-century Villa Smeraldi and surrounded by a large park of notable environmental and recreational value.


This ethnographic museum of national importance is unique of its kind: it reconstructs the history of the Bolognese Plain between the 19th and the 20th century through its crops, such as maize, wheat, rice and hemp.


Visitors can see not only a large number of agricultural machinery as well as objects and tools from everyday peasant life but also a reconstruction of different production cycles (hemp, wheat and milk) as well as rooms of a country house.


The museum hosts several temporary exhibitions allowing visitors to learn more about rural archaeology and local tradition and places a meeting hall at the disposal of public and private bodies. The museum also promotes a large number of didactic initiatives.


A new section is open from March 2013 inside the area dedicated to the farmers of the Bologna's plain area between the second half of 18th century and the second half of 20th century (Contadini della pianura bolognese): this exhibition is entitled "Artigiani di campagna" (Craftsmen from the country). It  illustrates the many crafts that animated the life of the local countryside and brings to life a world of trade and commerce which has now disappeared. There are the blacksmith, the miller, a basket-maker, but also the manufacturer of brooms.


Timetable: Mon-Fri 9AM-12.30PM;Tue and Thu 2.30PM-5PM Sun 3PM-7PM (Nov-Apr) and 4pm-8pm (May-Oct).Saturday open only under reservation for groups on guided tours. Write to


Biglietti di ingresso

  • INTERO (dai 18 ai 60 anni) euro 4,00
  • RIDOTTO (dai 14 ai 18 e oltre i 60 anni, accompagnatore di una persona con disabilità, Bologna Welcome Card, possessori tessera Coop) euro 2,00. Le convenzioni non sono cumulabili con altri sconti in corso.
  • GRATUITO (sotto i 14 anni, persone con disabilità, possessori Card Cultura)


Visite guidate (solo su prenotazione) maggiorazione del costo del biglietto di euro 2,00 a persona (contributo minimo € 50) 


full-price ticket: 4,00 euros (from 18 to 60 years old)

reduced-price ticket: 2,00 euros (from 14 to 18 and over 60)

free entry for children aged up to 14, disabled persons and accompanist

guided visits: 2,00 euros ticket supplement per visitor, leader free; booking required. 

The Museum is included in the Card Musei metropolitani di Bologna

Ph. 0039 051 891050 - Fax 0039 051 898377 

Access for disabled people

Disabled people can enter the museum thanks to the presence of elevators

How to get there

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Info on the tourist location

URP - Public Relations Office

Address: Piazza dei Martiri per la Libertà, 2 - 40010 Bentivoglio (BO)
Ph. +39 051 6643511


Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30-12:30

Tue, Thu 14:30-18:00


Last update: 04-05-2022