The Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari
Enzo Ferrari Museum for Modena
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8th January, 2012
A museum built around the birth place of Enzo Ferrari and his first
workshop will open in the Italian city of Modena, on 10th March 2012.
In addition, commencing on Enzo Ferrari’s birthday, the 18th February, Modena will hold a series of events to
celebrate Enzo Ferrari, his cars and his motor sport success.
“It is with great satisfaction and enthusiasm that, after years of intense work by the Fondazione Casa di Enzo
Ferrari, we are on the point of inaugurating this important cultural asset, that will tell the world the story of
this great figure and the vocation for motoring of this area”, says Mauro Tedeschini, President of the Fondazione
Casa di Enzo Ferrari.
Mercedes-Benz E 350
Lexus IS 250C
Mercedes-Benz SL 600
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
The museum complex started from the restoration of the house in which Enzo Ferrrari was born in Modena in 1898,
and that has preserved through the years both the living quarters and the workshop. To this has been added a new
building in the form of the now famous yellow aluminium “bonnet” whose colour is the symbol of the city of Modena and
the colour chosen by Enzo Ferrari as the background to the Prancing Horse, the trademark of the company that bears
The Galleria Ferrari Museum at Maranello (Italy), the Marzaglia motor racing circuit and the Righini, Panini e
Stanguellini Collections are other points of interest in the area.
The curtain will rise on an exhibition dedicated to the story of Enzo Ferrari the man, the driver and the
constructor, placed in the context of the the era which saw him as an undisputed star: motor sport, with its cast of
actors, its places, the competitions that characterised the events of his life: from the street circuit of Modena to
the motor racing circuit to the Mille Miglia; from Scaglietti, Fantuzzi, Stanguellini to Maserati, Pagani, De Tomaso,
Lamborghini as well as Alfa Romeo.
In his birthplace there is a permanent multimedia display which retraces the most important events in Enzo
Ferrari’s life, a “mover of men”, who believed that “if you can dream it you can do it”, who saw the car as a work of
art and considered racing as an experimental and testing ground for the continuous development and improvement of
technology and the reaching of perfection.
The major attractions of the exhibition will be the cars themselves; representatives of the great Italian names
from the most prestigious collections and museums.
The vehicles will be surrounded by showcases containing historic documents, objects and memorabilia, with the
contribution of original audio-visual footage that reconstructs the identity of Motor Valley of Emilia Romagna, that
with time acquired international importance.
The Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari is also a prestigious work of contemporary architecture that carries the signature of
Future Systems of London, formerly headed by the great architect Jan Kaplicky, who died in 2009. The interior design
and museum lay out were under the supervision of architect Andrea Morgante of Shiro Studio, co-designer of the
project. Engineering, project management and works management were provided by the Politecnica company.
The museum is situated close to the historic city centre of Modena and the Maserati factory, in the area outside
the city walls that was the first in Modena to be developed and where, close to the railway, the first large
industrial complexes, now disused, were built. The area is now being transformed, with the construction of a new
homes, offices, shops and restaurants.
The museum covers a total floor space of 5,000 sq. m. including a teaching room with a digital archive centre, a
conference - room, a projection room, shop and a coffee shop. The exhibition space is set up therefore not only as an
elegant space in which to display cars, but as a venue in which conventions, presentations and cultural events can be
The museum will be open 363 days a year, and, thanks to its flexible and modular set up, will host temporary
exhibitions in the new gallery that intertwine the theme of motoring with those of art, music, science and
The museum will be directed by the Fondazione Casa di Enzo Ferrari, which will oversee cultural policy, exhibition
organisation, the educational programme, the documentation centre and archive organisation, communication and
Work on the complex has cost 18 million euros. Numerous local and provincial government bodies, community groups
and private companies together with several public funding entities have provided money for the project. Although
Ferrari S.p.A. is involved in this project, the new museum is not a Ferrari owned enterprise.