Telling the legend thanks to a mix of passion and technology: this is the assumption on which it is based the Multimedia Museum of the 500 "Dante Giacosa" - Documentation Centre for road safety education.
Inaugurated on July 6, 2007 as part of the XXIV International Meeting of Fiat 500, the structure - hosted at the headquarters of the Club in Garlenda - has already garnered the enthusiastic acclaim of thousands of Italian and foreign people, who have visited it during the event.
The Museum will appeal to fans of the great little car and in general to those interested in motor sports history, but it is usable by a wider and heterogeneous audience, eager to learn a slice of Italian history that, thanks to the 500, finally began on four wheels and traveled towards modernity.
In this respect, the museum is particularly interesting for schools of all levels, for college students engaged in theses and dissertations, for journalists and researchers.
For these categories, available for consultation also a library/newspaper-library.
At the entrance, the visitor is greeted by a number of panels dedicated to Dante Giacosa, the designer of the 500, and a colorful and crowded bulletin board full of trophies and souvenirs that bear witness to the activities of the Fiat 500 Club Italia from its origins to today.
Through a kind of "magic curtain" on which is projected a funny movie, you enter the exhibition space itself, which includes: the reconstruction of an old workshop; a series of showcases containing models, components and accessories; two locations where you can select and view (thanks to a simple touch-screen menu) tracks of documentaries, interviews, chronicles of events, commercials ...; two driving simulators that allow you to feel truly at the wheel of a 500 (because you sit within two authentic half-cars); a corner with an old style bar (which also includes space for shopping); a small but fully equipped conference room with three screens. While not a classic "garage-museum", there are some specimens on display: it's perfectly functional cars, made available by the shareholders; each car remains on site a few months, depending on the availability of the owner and / or the needs of the museum itself.
The Museum was designed by Roberto Barbera and Silvano Gagliolo; to follow the work was Alberto Calzavara, joined during the assembly by Ugo Elio Giacobbe enthusiast car museums. Giacobbe was then appointed Curator and in its activities is assisted by its vice Alessandro Vinotti, who's trustee of Albenga (SV) and fond of Fiat 500 and historical engineering.
Abbiamo accolto con molto piacere ieri la visita di Emanuele Giacosa, nipote del padre della Fiat 500, Dante Giacosa, al Museo della 500 di Garlenda (SV).Visite 186
Ieri sono venuti in visita da Meda (MB) al Museo della 500 il cantante Stefano Morandi assieme alla moglie Carla.Visite 234
Questa mattina il Museo della 500 "Dante Giacosa" di Garlenda (SV) ha ospitato 15 bambini del Campo Estivo "Tra Cielo e Terra" della cooperativa "Lo scivolo degli angeli".Visite 184
Ingresso di una nuova vettura in esposizione al Museo "Dante Giacosa": è la L dl Claudio Ardissone. Socio di Diano Marina (IM), Claudio dal 1985 partecipa a tutti i Meeting di Garlenda con la 500 del nonno Libero.News Museo 204
Mercoledì 26 agosto visita di un'esperta di territorio e turismo. Alla sede del Club e del Museo "Dante Giacosa" è infatti arrivata Rossana Cinzia Rando.Visite 199
Ieri sono venuti in visita al Museo due cinquecentisti olandesi: Erika e Robert Beuseker, soci del Van De Fiat 500 Club Nederland.Donazioni 656
Apertura eccezionale del Museo Multimediale Dante Giacosa di Garlenda, ieri domenica 16 agosto, con 2 guide speciali: il presidente fondatore Domenico Romano ed il presidente onorario Sandro Scarpa.Visite 474
La segreteria ed il Museo della 500 "Dante Giacosa" resteranno chiusi sabato 15 agosto.Eventi 239
Questo pomeriggio è venuto a trovarci presso la sede del Club il fiduciario del Coordinamento di Milano Nord Alessio Campaner.Visite 272