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Museo per la memoria di Ustica

c/o Ex Magazzino ATC, Via di Saliceto, 5 - 40128 Bologna (BO)

Phone 051 377680

Reference maps: H-11

Date of last update: 11/02/2020, 09:45

The Ustica Memorial Museum was created in Bologna by the Parisian Christian Boltanski, on behalf of the Associazione dei Parenti delle Vittime della Strage di Ustica (Association of the Victims' Parents), led by Daria Bonfietti.

This permanent installation surrounds the remains of the DC9 shot down June 27th, 1980, on its way to Palermo Airport. The plane was brought back to Bologna the following year. It can be viewed in the evocative atmosphere created by Boltanski. There are 81 blinking lights (to remember the 81 victims of the disaster) that bring to mind breathing, 81 darkened mirrors reflect the people walking through the gallery and 81 speakers whispering words and universal thoughts, reminding visitors how unavoidable the tragedy was. Nine large black boxes gather many objects once belonging to the victims. They are invisible to visitors and include shoes, flippers, snorkels, glasses and clothes. Their images are collected methodically in a list: “Lista degli oggetti personali appartenuti ai passeggeri del volo IH 879” (List of the personal belongings of the passengers). The list allows visitors to participate in the reconstruction of the truth about the tragedy.

The Museum is supported by:
Comune di Bologna
Regione Emilia-Romagna
Provincia di Bologna
Ministero della Giustizia
Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna

by bus: lines and timetables on the website www.tper.it

by car: Ring road exits  n. 6 - 7 direction city center.

by car sharing: you can reach your destination by yourself with Auting, a peer to peer car sharing service. Let’s search for the car that best suits your needs on auting.it, get in touch with the owner and let’s start your trip!

Thursday and Friday 9am - 1pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6:30pm

Motor disability or difficulty of movement

Overall, the museum is accessible and spaces are wide: movement and rest are very easy both in the main hall and in the video room. There is an accessible toilet which is very large. Please note that there are no grab bars.


Hearing disability

The museum entrance hall is not yet equipped with explanatory panels saying where and when the event took place. The museum can be visited on your own, even if deaf visitors can find it difficult to access the contents fully, because the exhibition is accompanied by audio with no text display. Some paper booklets help to understand the aims of the exhibition. A video is available for further information with images and audio but no subtitles. There is no emergency visual notification system in the toilets.


Visual disability

The visitor’s route is on two levels: the upper level with audio and multimedia devices, and the lower level where the reconstructed airplane is placed together with the boxes with the passengers’ personal belongings. This area is accessible to partially sighted visitors after booking with the MAMbo educational staff, whose great commitment compensates for the lack of specific training for dealing with partially sighted visitors. There are no explanatory sheets in Braille or in large print.

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Museo per la Memoria di Ustica