The Museum

The Barsanti and Matteucci internal combustion engine Museum is located in the Antica Loggetta dei Guinigi in Lucca, Via Sant’Andrea 58, near the entrance to the Guinigi Tower and can be visited while waiting for the ascent to the tower.

The Museum illustrates 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 the Bauer engine was started in the headquarters of the John Cockeril Company in Seraing, near Liège in Belgium.


In the room on the first floor, you can watch the projection of films illustrating the life and works of the two scientists; the models of the apparatus used for the first experiments, and reproductions of the main documents, attesting to their activities connected with the internal combustion engine, are exhibited.

There is also a library for consulting publications relating to the subject.

In the rooms on the ground floor, life-size models are exhibited that reproduce in motion the motors designed by the two inventors.


The publications edited by the Foundation are available at the Museum.


Via Sant’Andrea, 58, 55100 Lucca LU



+39 0583 467870



Open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm

For groups and school groups, it is possible to book a visit even outside the opening hours, by contacting the Foundation directly at the addresses indicated



Free offer admission