The Ustica Memorial Museum was set up thanks to the Association of the Relatives of the Victims of the Ustica Massacre to commemorate the tragic event when the 81 plane passengers lost their lives.
The permanent installation by French narrative art artist Christian Boltanski surrounds the remains of the DC9 aircraft struck down on 27th June 1980 and consists of 81 lights, mirrors and speakers whispering sentences as well as common and universal thoughts in memory of the victims. Some black crates contain personal objects belonging to the passengers of the flight. There is also a series of photographs which are part of the “List of personal objects owned by the passengers of flight IH 870”.
The Ustica Memorial Museum is supported by: The Bologna Municipal Authority, the Emilia-Romagna Region, the Bologna Province, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna.
Telephone: 051 377680
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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.
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.
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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