Ogliari European Transport Museum

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How to get

A8 Milan - "Laghi" toll motorway / A26 Genoa - Gravellona toll motorway, Sesto C. - Vergiate exit - continue in the direction of Angera - Laveno M.


The Ogliari Transport Museum is a permanent exhibition of road and rail transport from the 18th to the 20th century. Francesco Ogliari, a writer and university lecturer on Transport History, founded the museum in 1954 to house the results of his over 40 years’ research.

The Museum covers no less than 200 years of transport history. The visit includes carriages from the early 19th century such as the Scharette (1820), and a Busseto steam engine of 1892. Later examples are models of engines made by the Edison company at the beginning of the 20th century, a FIAT petrol-fuelled bus of 1921, a milestone in the history of combustion engines, and the F.S. 242 engine of 1936. Other “pearls of the past” on display are a water counterbalanced funicular railway  and a  wind-powered railway of 1858.

There is also a fascinating model of a possible ideal city, made by Ogliari with an eye to Leonardo da Vinci’s ideas and based on a perfect balance between man and his environment.

Open 10.00 – 12.00 and 15.00 – 18.00 (from 1° April to 30 September); 10.00 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 16.00 (from 1° October to 31 March). Closed on Mondays.

More details

From April until September: 10 am / 12 am - 3 pm / 6 pm
From October until March: 10 am / 12 am - 2 pm / 4 pm
Closed on Monday

for guided tours

Ogliari European Transport Museum