Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile

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Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile

The National Automobile Museum (Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile) – MAUTO – is one of the oldest of its kind: it was founded in 1933, with a first exhibition of historic cars conceived by two pioneers of national motoring, Cesare Goria Gatti and Roberto Biscaretti di Ruffia. It was Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia (son of Roberto), an aristocrat born in Turin in 1879, who conceived it, imagined it, gathered the initial collection, fought to make it real and worked all his life to give it a dignified home.

Opened to the public in the autumn of 1960 in the premises designed by architect Amedeo Albertini, it was completely renovated and enlarged for the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy based on a project by architect Cino Zucchi. In 2011 MAUTO opens again, after four years of closed doors, with a new exhibition path set up by the French-Swiss scenographer François Confino, which effectively enhances the extraordinary car collection: two years later the Times ranks it among the 50 most beautiful museums in the world.

Along the way, the history of cars is told, the transformation from a mean of transport to an object that is  worshipped, from its origins to the contemporary evolution of creative thinking: the decisive passages of society are analyzed through the evolution of automobiles.

MAUTO today is a permanent exhibition path that houses an impressive collection: about 150 cars are on display, in addition to cars on a temporary loan. The remaining 60 cars in the collection are stored in an underground space, called the “Open Garage”, accessible only by reservation. To complete the museum itinerary, there is an exhibition area, which hosts temporary  exhibitions.

The museum area, of ​​about twenty thousand square meters, welcomes over 200 thousand visitors every year. In addition to the permanent exhibition path, it includes other important activities. First of all, the Documentation Center, which is home to original documents relating to cars, protagonists, events that have made the history of the automobile industry: specifically, the Library has 9,000 monographs, of which about 50% owned exclusively; the Newspaper Library is a small treasure in which 800 automotive publications are kept, in all the languages ​​of the world, 195 of which are owned only by MAUTO. Also, a small but precious collection of ancient books is an important part of the Library, which real rarities on the history of mechanics, physics and sciences between the sixteenth and nineteenth century.

Corso Unità d’Italia,
40, 10126 Torino TO, Italy
P:
+39011677666
Email: info@museoauto.it

Museo Nazionale dell’AutomobileAdmission:

Adult € 16,00
Student € 13,00
OVER 65 € 13,00
Children 6-17 € 6,00
Plan: 1-2hr

Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile Hours:

Monday 10 am – 2 pm
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 7 pm

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Officine Benelli Museum

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Officine Benelli Museum

The thousand square meters of the “Officine Benelli” in Viale Mameli 22, are the latest example of industrial archeology in Pesaro, the historic headquarters of the company that contributed to writing the history of the city. In the premises of the old Benelli factory, 150 Benelli and MotoBi motorcycles are on permanent display today.

The tour starts from the Tonino Benelli room where photographs of riders riding Benelli and MotoBi motorcycles, trophies from every era and Benelli, MotoBi and Molaroni engines are exhibited. It continues in the large room dedicated to Giuseppe Benelli where in addition to the first motorcycle that passed through Pesaro in 1897, a De Dion Bouton tricycle, two very rare Molaroni motorcycles from the twenties and even thirty Benelli built before the Second World War and absolutely protagonists for technical and aesthetic refinement in the thirties.

In the second salon all types of the Leoncino model, a motorcycle that marked the rebirth of the Benelli brand after the ruins of the Second World War. In the same hall, the six and four-cylinder multi-cylinders built in the seventies, when the Pesaro brand was acquired by the Argentine industrialist Alejandro De Tomaso, are highlighted.

Then the exhibition continues on the mezzanine floor, a fascinating structure of about 250 square meters completely made of wood, where all the models produced by Motobì “the aristocratic among motorcycles” from 1950 to 1970 are on display, and the whole fantastic series of Benelli mopeds and Motobi. A space on the mezzanine floor is also dedicated to an unattainable starting point for racing bikes built in the province of Pesaro between the sixties and eighties: MBA, Morbidelli, Piovaticci, Sanvenero and MotoBi. All motorcycles protagonists in various competitions worldwide.

The extraordinary story of the six Benelli brothers is told by the members of the two clubs that manage the museum, and they involve visitors in a unique setting of its kind, thanks to the fact that the motorcycles on display were designed and built in the very premises where they are exhibited. Then the amazing events of the riders, from Tonino Benelli to Valentino Rossi (both born in Pesaro), the first and last of a generation of centaurs who have thrilled thousands of fans, contribute to enriching a pleasant visit to the motorcycle world of a geographical area indisputably rich in history.

The Benelli museum and the Marchigiana motorcycle museum, for which the name of Mototeca Storica Marchigiana is adopted, must be understood as an important and integral part of the overall project, which takes the name of Officine Benelli.

Viale Goffredo Mameli,
22, 61121 Pesaro PU, Italy
P:
+39-0721-31508
Email: officinebenelli@hotmail.it

Plan: 1-2hr

Officine Benelli Museum Hours:

Monday – Saturday 9 am – 12 pm / 4:30 pm – 7 pm

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