The Barsanti and Matteucci Foundation

has the primary aim of disseminating the story of the two scientists from Lucca, Eugenio Barsanti and Felice Matteucci, and their invention: the first working internal combustion engine in history

promotes initiatives aimed at inspiring young people with the world of mechanics and spreading knowledge on issues related to the sustainability of transport

operates through the management of the internal combustion engine museum located in Lucca, via Sant’Andrea 56

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The Barsanti & Matteucci

combustion engine Museum


From April to early November:   open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, from 11,00 to 19,00

For the remaining periods:  visit by reservation for groups of at least 10 people, contacting the Foundation directly at the contact  details indicated.

Special openings 2024

12 june, from 16,00 to 21,00
13 june,
from 11,00 to 19,00
15 – 16 – 17 – 18 august
, from 11,00 to 19,00


Entry is free during normal opening hours. For visits by reservation, a contribution is required.


BRUM BRUM! let’s start the engines

Activity program for schools


30 March 2024

March 30th: the Museum reopens to the public