The Museum

The Barsanti and Matteucci Museum was inaugurated On 25 September 2013 in the Ancient Loggetta dei Guinigi in Lucca, Via Sant’Andrea 58, at the corner of Via Guinigi and was renovated thanks to the contribution of the Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca Foundation.

Here you can find a permanent exhibition dedicated to the works and life of the two scientists from Lucca who have been credited as the inventors of the revolutionary internal combustion engine. From the scale reproductions of the four models of engines, running on compressed air, designed by the two scientists from Lucca to a summary of the documents that tell the birth and evolution of their studies, from the life stories of Barsanti and Matteucci to the awards collected at the time for their ingenuity, up to the essential elements proving the birthright of the internal combustion engine.

This permanent exhibition is the only one in the world that shows in its entirety the studies carried out and the progress made by Barsanti and Matteucci between December 1851, the date of their first meeting, and March 25, 1864, the day on which the Bauer engine at the headquarters of the John Cockeril Company in Searing near Liège in Belgium was put into operation.
The museum claims to become a point of reference in Italy and abroad for the dissemination and enhancement of the genius of Lucca.

The Museum has been entrusted to the management of the “Friends of Barsanti and Matteucci” Association, which will take care of the ticket office and the teaching and promotional activities.


Via Sant’Andrea, 58, 55100 Lucca LU




Opening hours

Open on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00


Ticket price

Free donation admission