New museum opens at Ferrari's birthplace

| 9 Mar 2012

A museum dedicated to the life of Enzo Ferrari is due to open tomorrow (10 March). The 5000sq m Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari Modena has been built following an investment of 18million euros, and stands on the site where Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898.

The original house has been preserved, together with the workshop, and features multimedia exhibits covering the major events in Ferrari’s life. It has been merged with the stunning new gallery, the profile of which was apparently inspired by the shape of historic racing cars. Designed by London-based Future Systems, it is finished in a striking yellow, reflecting the shade used on the famous Prancing Horse logo.

The theme for the exhibits is ‘Le origini del Mito’, covering the story and development of car manufacturing and racing in the Modena area, from the Modena Circuit to the Mille Miglia, from Scaglietti and Stanguellini to Maserati and Pagani.

The history and achievements of Modena carmaking are celebrated in historical documents and objects that have been selected by Adolfo Orsi Jnr, complete with previously unseen audio-visual elements.

In addition to the exhibition area, there is a lecture room with a digital documentation centre, a conference room, a film projection room, a store and a cafeteria. The documentation centre is named after the late Sergio Scaglietti.

"This tribute to my father, who loved Modena profoundly, gives me immense pleasure”, said Honorary President Piero Ferrari. “It provides an opportunity for anyone who wants to find out more about the man, his story and the link between the city and the world of engines. This new structure is perfectly complementary to the Ferrari Museum at Maranello.” 

After an opening ceremony at 11am on 10 March, the museum will open its doors to the public for free between 5pm-11.30pm. Standard ticket prices for adults thereafter will be 13 euros, although it will be possible to purchase a single ticket to visit both the Modena and Maranello museums at a discounted price.

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