Museo per la Memoria di Ustica

On June 27th, 1980, a DC9 passenger plane on a flight from Bologna to Palermo, crashed in the western Mediterranean ocean off the coast of Italy. All 81 people aboard the plane died in the crash.

The cause of the fatal crash has never been established for certain but theories include the plane being shot down by a military rocket fired during a training exercise.

After the crash, the remains of the aircraft were recovered and the parts were assembled in an effort to determine the cause of the crash. The parts remained in a warehouse in Rome until a new museum was created in an old tram garage in Bologna. The pieces of the wreck were transported by the fire brigade from Rome to Bologna and in 2007, the museum was opened to the public.

It’s a beautiful and moving exhibit, and includes an art installation of 81 whispering black mirrors. The museum is located on Via di Saliceto, about a 30 minute walk from Piazza Maggiore, or you can get there on the TPER 27 bus.

The museum is open Thursday and Friday from 9AM until 1PM, and on Saturday and Sunday, from 10AM to 6:30PM. Entry is free.

Via di Saliceto, 3/22 – Bologna
Museum website

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