The Museum of Engines and Mechanisms of the University of Palermo

This museum hosts various industrials engines and mecanisms that have been relevant from the scientific point of view and useful from the didactic point of view. Italy is known for many things such as fashion, design, food, hi-tech companies and much more. Many don’t know that Italy used to be one of the most innovative nations even in aviation. Unfortunately after World War II many of the great airplanes and innovations were lost and often purposely destroyed. Italian aviation enthusiasts for years were forced to go visit museums and admire warbirds only in other countries. Mr. Genchi is the proud founder of a museum. The museum’s gems include a Mercedes D.IV, a water-cooled, eight-cylinder inline engine. D.IVs have powered such aircraft as the Albatros C.V, a beautifully streamlined reconnaissance biplane, and a series of bombers called Riesenflugzeug, or giant aircraft. Some of them were 70 feet long and had wingspans of more than 150 feet, surpassing even the size of some World War II German bombers. Genchi also discovered a BuS.IV made by Basse und Selve, a manufacturer of automobile and aircraft engines. The enormous Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII bomber, with a 157-foot wingspan, had six BuS.IV engines. The small museum is divided into two areas: the display section and a mechanical engineering lab where Genchi works on his Ph.D. and conducts restorations in his free time. Alongside the aircraft powerplants are Fiat and Alfa Romeo automobile engines dating from the 1920s to the 1990s; The Fiat G.59 is now part of the collection of the “Museo Storico dei Motori e dei Meccanismi” of the University of Palermo.

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For more information and reservations of visits you must send a request via mail or fax to the number 091 23860672 +39.


Viale delle Scienze, Edificio 8 - 90128 Palermo
Tel. +39 091 23897261
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For more information and reservations of visits you must send a request via mail or fax to the number 091 60672 238.

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