Museo per la Memoria di Ustica, Bologna

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Visit the sobering memorial for the infamous plane crash off the island of Ustica at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica. The reassembled body of the plane combines with loudspeakers playing the "thoughts" of passengers to create an eerie tribute to the victims of the crash. Video and informational displays explain the investigation behind the downing of the plane, which resulted from a missile attack. Be aware that the museum information is only presented in Italian. Put Museo per la Memoria di Ustica on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bologna trip itinerary site.
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  • Its free so you can't give anything other than 5*, its quite a surreal place and very interesting. We just wish there was more information. 
    Its free so you can't give anything other than 5*, its quite a surreal place and very interesting. We just wish there was more information.  more »
  • You have to book a time slot in advance but there is no admittance fee. The way this memorial has been done is so respectful and atmospheric that you can not help but be moved by it. 
    You have to book a time slot in advance but there is no admittance fee. The way this memorial has been done is so respectful and atmospheric that you can not help but be moved by it.  more »
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  • Well off the beaten tourist track, and with peculiar opening hours, the museum can be a tricky to access. For those that do visit however, they will experience a very moving and compelling exhibit. Access is free, but they do request you book in advance if possible. The exhibit is housed in the old tramway buildings adjacent to a pleasant park. It looks very nondescript and unremarkable from the outside, which almost amplifies the emotional impact once you enter. Once you slip through the door, the sight of the carcass of the plane , and the violence visited on it, your breath is taken away. After that shock subsides, the next thing you notice is how insubstantial it looks, a sorry mess of fragments clinging to a mesh frame. Then you recall that it contained 81 poor souls, and the sombre , sepulchral mood takes over. They are also recalled using 81 lights suspended from the ceiling, that dim almost to the point of extinguishing, before bursting back to life. That simple effect and the urgent, insistent, whispers of recorded speech from the dark mirrors placed on the walls, movingly recalls the victims. There is also a short video describing the creation of the museum and the artistic vision underpinning it. That also recalls the family and friends left behind, and their trojan efforts to uncover the truth about the loss of their loved ones and their efforts to keep their memory alive. With this wonderfully moving tribute they have certainly succeeded.
  • Very simple exhibition for the man-made disaster 40 years ago. The information brochure is helpful to understand what’s going on. It’s free but reservation required.

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