A Trip to the Lamborghini Museum

by Jessica on December 29, 2008

by | December 29th, 2008  

Even if you’re not a hard-core automotive enthusiast, the name Lamborghini will no doubt be familiar to you. This famous car maker in Italy has been producing some of the most sought-after luxury sports cars in the world for decades (including one of the most expensive Italian cars made) – and if you do happen to be a car nut, you’ll be pleased to know that the Lamborghini Museum outside Bologna is an excellent addition to your Italy itinerary.

Lamborghini has been based in the village of Sant’Agata Bolognese, about 21 miles from Bologna, since the company was born in 1963, and that’s still where the cars are made today. But in addition to the Lamborghini factory, the complex at Sant’Agata Bolognese also includes a top-notch museum of Lamborghinis, from vintage cars to race cars to concept cars. The two best things about the Lamborghini museum, opened in 2001, used to be the window overlooking the factory floor so you can see the cars actually being made, and the lack of an admission fee (I used to think that was the only thing Lamborghini had its name on that didn’t cost a small fortune), but according to the official website there’s now an admission fee. Well, at least the factory window is still there.

>> Find driving directions to the museum, plus bus & train options, further down the page or by clicking here.

Visiting the Lamborghini museum is easier than you might think. Most websites say that you’ve got to arrange your visit to the museum ahead of time (some say up to four days in advance), but when I visited the museum I didn’t pre-arrange anything and was able to just walk in without any questions. And in fact, many of the websites that talk about calling the museum in advance also say that even though they followed the instructions they weren’t asked whether they’d called ahead when they actually showed up. I can’t find any evidence that says you’ll be turned away if you don’t pre-arrange your visit, but if you’re paranoid and don’t want to risk being turned away, contact information for the museum is at the bottom of this post.


Sign marking the entrance to the Lamborghini factory

The Lamborghini Museum has an incredible collection of cars on display over two levels. The cars are, as you’d expect, polished to a gleaming shine – but what I didn’t expect was that the older cars would actually show some signs of their age. A few of the cars have, when you look closely, small nicks in the otherwise beautiful paint jobs. Instead of detracting from the look, however, what those nicks said to me was that these cars had been loved in the best way possible – they’d been driven by people who appreciated them rather than permanently garaged. And that impression is further borne out by the fact that many of the cars on display came from the company’s founder’s personal collection.


The Lamborghini Museum’s first floor looks almost like a parking lot, with Lamborghinis from several different decades lined up nose-to-tail along the walls as well as several others set apart from the rows of cars. I’ll admit that I’m not a car person, so other than the fact that I find them interesting to photograph I really have no idea what I was looking at. The husband, on the other hand, was in heaven.




On the second floor of the museum, you’ll find some of the race cars Lamborghini made during the 1980s and 1990s, some of the company’s concept cars, and the window that gives you a peek onto the factory floor. The Lamborghini website indicates that there are opportunities for guided tours of both the museum and the production line, for which you’ll definitely need to arrange a visit in advance via email. If you don’t want to pay the extra money for a factory tour, or you’ve got small kids who aren’t allowed into the factory, the window from the museum offers a glimpse of the production floor for free.




Unlike just about every other museum I’ve been to on the planet, this one doesn’t dump you into a gift shop as you’re leaving. In fact, finding the gift shop at Lamborghini is something of a challenge. The front desk of the factory is in a different building than the museum, so when you depart the museum you’ll need to head to the building next door. When I visited, the people at the desk spoke minimal English (enough to tell me that the museum was free of charge and we could just wander over unattended) and seemed totally uninterested in talking with tourists. And that makes sense, because they’re not tour guides – they’re Lamborghini employees, and that’s the front desk of the factory. But if you politely ask where the gift shop is, they’ll direct you around the corner to the left, where you can drop all kinds of euro on Lamborghini gear.



Yes, that’s a car on the wall

What You’ll Find at the Lamborhini Museum

According to the official Lamborghini website, here are some of the cars on display at the museum:

  • First production model built by Ferruccio Lamborghini (company founder), a 1963 350 GT
  • First production model of the Countach, chassis #00001
  • 25th anniversary Countach
  • Three Lamborghini models with a V8 engine
  • Full scale model of Diablo Roadster from 1992
  • 1989 Larousse F1 car
  • 1990 Lotus F1 car
  • 1991 LAMBO F1 car


How to Get to the Lamborghini Museum

A trip to the Lamborghini Museum is easiest if you have a car at your disposal, because the complex isn’t in a tourist area or even the center of Sant’Agata Bolognese. It’s a great side-trip if you’re staying in nearby Bologna – just stop into the tourist information office on Piazza Maggiore before you head out and they’ll give you an excellent driving map with instructions on how to get to the museum. The Lamborghini website includes the following driving directions from the town of Modena (why they assume you’re starting in Modena is beyond me): “direction Ferrara -> direction Nonantola -> direction Bologna -> S. Agata Bolognese (around 40 minutes).” In other words, unless you find those instructions helpful, you’ll want to stop at the tourist information center first!

Without a car, a visit to the museum is harder, but it’s not impossible. There is a bus you can take from Bologna to the center of Sant’Agata Bolognese, which is a five minute walk from the museum location. The ATB 576 bus (direction Crevalcore) departs from the main bus station in Bologna and takes roughly 50 minutes to get to the “S. Agata Bolognese Chiesa Frati” stop in Sant’Agata Bolognese, which is five minutes on foot from the museum.

Another (though less frequently-running) option is to take a train to the town of San Giovanni in Persiceto, which is the closest town to Sant’Agata Bolognese with a train station. You can then hop on that ATB 576 bus (direction Crevalcore) for about a 10-minute ride to the same “S. Agata Bolognese Chiesa Frati” stop in Sant’Agata Bolognese and make the 5-minute walk to the museum, or get a taxi from the train station.

Address: Automobili Lamborghini/Museo Lamborghini
Via Modena 12
40019 Sant’Agata Bolognese

Contact Information: tel +39 (051) 68.17.611, fax +39 (051) 68.17.644, email centro.eccellenza@lamborghini.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00-12:00 and 14:30-17:00 (closed weekends, closed during part of August holiday)

Admission: €10 for museum only, €35 for museum + production line visit
(children aged 6-10 are allowed in for free with paid adult, children under 6 aren’t allowed onto the factory floor for safety reasons)

Website: Official Lamborghini website is here


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all photographs in this post © Jessica Spiegel and may not be used without permission


{ 37 comments }

porty December 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm
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the last one looks like a toy…. yes like a toy of thousand Ks.

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Jessica December 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm
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That car on the wall thing just killed me. I don’t know if they emptied all the heavy stuff (like the engine) out before they mounted it up there, or if you could just yank it off the wall & drive it away. Either way, it’s a helluva piece of wall art.

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podróż promem do December 30, 2008 at 1:45 am
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Hey! third one from last looks cool, I must say. I guess visiting Lamborghini museum would be good trip.

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mother hen January 3, 2009 at 10:28 am
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Lamborghini do not make race cars, if you read about their history this is what makes the unique from just about every other supercar producer…

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Felipe Sarabia September 27, 2010 at 4:41 pm
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You may want to verify your facts they made a diablo race car and a few others

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ty January 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm
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An engine wouldn’t be able to run after being in that position for a very long period of time.

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jean January 4, 2009 at 5:42 am
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This could be a very fancy and cool tour. :)

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Martin Lewis January 10, 2009 at 5:00 am
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Can wait to visit! Thanks for the insight.

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TheLoneRider January 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm
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…very informative, very engaging. Thanks for sharing!

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Indian Autos Blog April 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm
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Would like to go there someday. Lambo’s are very famous in India. I love the Reventon

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andy July 8, 2009 at 12:31 am
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a possible reason is that they think people would combine their visit to the Ferrari museum which is in Modena

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sigsimons July 13, 2009 at 2:39 am
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When I am next in Italy, I will be sure to visit this museum. Thanks for the details :)

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Duyen December 26, 2009 at 3:35 am
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that was great , eventhough I havent been to italy yet but I will some day , but your ariticle reallt attracts me . I don’t have any plan to go to sant’agata bolognese but I may have to consider about that , I just wonder if the Lamnorghini museum is in the lamborghini factory or it’s a different place from the factory ??
well any way thanks for posting the article it’s really great

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kittima January 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm
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What is the best way to visit this place from Rome? is it a day Trip?

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Jessica January 8, 2010 at 10:10 am
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No, the Lamborghini Museum isn’t a good day-trip from Rome – it’s outside the city of Bologna, further north.

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Muhammad mateen October 9, 2012 at 8:38 am
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Fraserburgh January 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm
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Soon will be my Birthday, maybe someone will be so kind and present me some nice second hand Lamborghini…don’t need to be brand new, I need something to train on :)

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Senan February 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm
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Loved it. Very helpful and loved the picture of white car with separate driver and passenger compartments. Cant wait to go!!

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Rose Marie Spafford March 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm
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How long would it take to get from Venice to museum? My honey isn’t into art unless it involves cars! A side trip from Venice might be nice for him. Our first trip to Italy involves a native Venitian and three days there, then a cruise out of Rome to Greek Isles, Sicily, Naples, and back to Rome. Thanks for your travel guides. I’m going to hold you to your suggestions!

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Jessica March 22, 2010 at 9:02 am
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Hi, Rose:

It’s not terribly close to Venice, so it wouldn’t be a quick trip – if you go back up to the bottom of this article, you’ll see a map with the location of the museum pinpointed. Click on “to here” after the words “Get Directions” and you’ll be able to put in your “from” address. You’d want to put in the address of your hotel in Venice, but just putting in “Venice” generically without any specific address I got that it’s a 2-2.5 hour drive one-way. So I’m not sure it would make sense to do it as a side-trip if you’ve only got three days in Venice to begin with – but of course that’s up to you!

Ciao,
Jessica

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Joseph Herbias March 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm
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Hi, I just stumbled on this website through google.

I am going to be visiting Modena in the first few weeks of May. I want to visit both the Ferrari and Lamborghini museums in the same day; quite possibly the Zonda factory if time permits. Do you think this is possible?

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Jessica March 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm
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Hi, Joseph, and welcome!

I think if you had a car and a good navigator, you could do both the Ferrari and Lamborghini museums in one day (I don’t know where the Zonda factory is, or anything about the museum, so I can’t comment on that one). Just be sure to check both museums’ open hours/days so you plan your day well and don’t miss anything.

Ciao,
Jessica

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Aron April 30, 2010 at 7:04 pm
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Hello Jessica,

Where you allowed to sit in any of the vehicles? What about a test ride?

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Jessica May 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm
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Hi, Aron:

You’re allowed to sit in the cars and get a test ride if you’re rich enough to be able to buy one. Otherwise, you’ll have to be happy to look at them without touching. :)

Ciao,
Jessica

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Darwin Jamgochian October 2, 2010 at 10:43 am
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I visited the factory while staying in Modena in 2002. Very easy to reach with a rental car. Also Modena is the a best base to visit Ferrari and Maserati museums.

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Tracy November 24, 2010 at 1:28 am
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Hi there! Just wanted to say that I enjoyed your article – very useful and informative. I am backpacking parts of Italy next month, and being a Lambo fan, I will absolutely take the time to visit. Grazie mille!

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Jessica November 24, 2010 at 3:52 pm
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You’re welcome, Tracy! Enjoy your trip.

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John April 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm
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Hi

Good article, I’m staying in Bologna at the moment, I’ve been recommended the Ferruccio Ferrari Museum in Dosso. I’m guessing that’s a different museum? Is it worth it (90 euro cab!)? Or should I attempt taking the bus to the official Ferrari museum, given it’s Labour Day?

Grazie!

John

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John April 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm
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I obviously meant Lamborghini not Ferrari!

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Jessica May 5, 2011 at 11:18 am
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John, I’m sorry I’m getting to this reply after May 1, and would love to hear what you decided. I hadn’t even heard of that Ferruccio museum you mentioned, so I’m not sure I would have been much help anyway!

:(

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Donna Hull June 1, 2011 at 11:10 am
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Last fall, my husband and I visited the Lamborghini museum, toured the Ducati factory, then test drove a Ferrari (well he did) before visiting the Ferrari Gallery in Maranello. If you’re a car and motorcylce lover, this is a dream day in Italy.

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Christina B June 2, 2011 at 9:03 am
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Just came across this post and loved it so much that I replaced the link in my post for directions on the tour to your blog. I didn’t do the whole tour but my husband did and liked it a lot. It really is in the middle of almost no where. Allowed us to stop off at a restaurant that we probably wouldn’t have otherwise found. No English spoken. Fantastic Food! Thanks.

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Jessica June 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm
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Oh, thanks, Cristina! I’m so glad you liked the post. :)

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manvendra June 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm
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heyy..great article :) …just wanted to ask that ..i will be in milan for 3-4 days this july & planning about a day trip to lamborghini museum..few queries – is the trip feasible as in i would be using public transport ; how tough is it to reach the museum also is a prior reservation etc required ..also i know only english hardly any italian so will that be a problem..looking forward to your reply..thnx :)

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Jessica June 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm
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You can take the high-speed train from Milan-Bologna in about an hour, and from there you’d have to take a public bus. That is the potentially complicated part, especially if you don’t speak even a little Italian. The information about the bus you’d need to take is listed in the article above under “How to Get to the Lamborghini Museum.” Making a reservation isn’t a bad idea, but I don’t believe it’s required.

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Sanju Singh March 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm
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A life time wish for many India Automobile Enthusiast! Thanks for putting up such a lovely article, with a excellent photo collection!

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