Agusta Museum

The Museo Agusta Foundation was set up in 2003 in Cascina Costa Di Samarate (Varese), thanks to the commitment of the Senior Workers' Group of the then AgustaWestland, now the Helicopter Division. At its museum headquarters, the Museo Agusta Foundation collects the records of the activity of both the historical Costruzioni Aeronautiche Giovanni Agusta and the historical MV Agusta.

MV Agusta motorcycles, helicopters, aero engines, mechanical and avionics components and more, a company museum that tells the story of a fundamental stage in the development of both the national aeronautics/helicopter industry as well as motorcycles. A complete collection of the company’s motorbikes is on display as well as those of the Racing Division that brought such glory to the brand.

The Museum collects hundreds of documents, photos and drawings, which describe almost a century of history of the Italian mechanical and aeronautical industry. There are also sketches, original drawings, historical company documents, projects and a selection of several hundred photos of characters, products, events from the collection of more than 10,000 images that make up the Agusta photographic archive. In addition to being able to see and touch the helicopters, by visiting the museum you can pick up some simple notions about the technology underlying the rotating wing, construction techniques, the aeronautical materials used, with an all-round review and comparisons between the pioneering era of helicopters and the current state of the art. The Museum also offers a room for meetings, conferences and screenings, with a collection of hundreds of hours of film footage.

Since 2012, next to the museum, the headquarters of the Historical Archives/Library of the Foundation has been opened at the adjacent Villa Agusta. The Archive abounds particularly in drawings and technical reports, photographs, films as well as typical administrative documentation. The importance of the Historical Archives has allowed the Archival Superintendence for the Lombardy Region to start formalities for recognition/notification of the historical-cultural value of the archives preserved there.

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