Museum for the Memory of Ustica

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The Museum for the Memory of Ustica
Palickap, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The Museum for the Memory of Ustica
Palickap, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Museum for the Memory of Ustica (Museo per la Memoria di Ustica) is a unique and moving place that offers a complete overview of the tragedy of 27 June 1980 and its effects on society. It is a place of meditation and reflection, but also of raising awareness and searching for the truth.

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The Museum for the Memory of Ustica in a nutshell

This museum is a necessary stop for those who want to know the history of the tragic event that occurred in 1980, when an Itavia airline plane, flight IH870, fell into the sea off the island of Ustica, causing the death of 81 people on board.

The history of the museum begins in 1995 when a group of families of the victims and some associations decided to create a place so as not to forget the tragedy and so that the truth about what happened that day was finally ascertained. After five years of work, the museum opens its doors to the public.

The museum was inaugurated in 2010 to remember the victims and delve deeper into the causes of the accident.

One of the main reasons to visit it is to support its mission: to keep the memory of the victims alive and to raise public awareness of the importance of aviation safety.

In fact, it was designed to give its visitors the opportunity to fully understand the events and immerse themselves in the story. For this reason, inside you can discover the stories of the passengers and crew, through photographs, documents and personal objects.

Ticket times and cost

Entry times are Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00, closed on Mondays.

The cost of the ticket is 7 euros full and 5 euros reduced for students, over 65s and groups of at least 10 people. The Museum is accessible to disabled people, with a lift and an escort service.

The sections of the Ustica museum

The Museum for the Memory of Ustica
Giacomo Alessandroni, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The facility offers a complete overview of the history of the accident, from the official investigation to the search for wreckage and evidence. The exhibition also includes an interactive section, where visitors can discover the technologies used to investigate the accident and recover the remains of the aircraft.

The museum is divided into three sections: the first is dedicated to the history of the flight, the second to the research and identification of the victims, the third to the memory of the victims.

The section dedicated to the history of the flight offers a complete vision of the story, through documents, photographs, audio and video testimonies and artefacts recovered from the disaster area. The second section is dedicated to the search and identification of the victims.

In the last one, dedicated to the memory of the victims, it is possible to contemplate the plaque in memory of the victims and an area dedicated to their photographs.

Temporary events and exhibitions are periodically organized to remember the tragedy and to raise public awareness on the issues of aviation safety and the truth about air disasters.

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This article was written by:
Camilla Viviani
With a keen passion for food, art, and history, I’m always eager to uncover Bologna’s hidden gems and indulge in its cultural offerings, never passing up a chance to explore its myriad museums. As an enthusiastic cartographer and meticulous planner, I thrive on crafting uncommune travel itineraries that promise to delight travelers, offering unique experiences that leave lasting memories.
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