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Mille Miglia Museum (Museo Mille Miglia)
Mille Miglia Museum (Museo Mille Miglia)

Mille Miglia Museum (Museo Mille Miglia)

Open daily 10am-6pm
Viale della Bornata 123, Saint Eufemia, Italy, 25135

The basics

A must for gearheads and lovers of racing history, the Mille Miglia Museum is home to a vast collection of historic cars and racing memorabilia from the decades after 1927 when the first annual race was held, along with period items that showcase the history of Italy during the same era. Visitors can watch footage of past Mille Miglia races and take in archival photographs from the race; the cars on display change periodically, especially around the period of the year when the Mille Miglia race itself is held. Book your museum ticket in advance to avoid the line at the entrance, or join a tour of the Mille Miglia Museum from Milan or Bergamo that includes a guided walk through the collection.

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Things to know before you go

  • The museum focuses on celebrating the history of the Mille Miglia race in the context of Italy’s 20th-century history, so the collection is fascinating even for visitors who are not avid racing fans.
  • The museum shop stocks Mille Miglia merchandise and charming vintage-inspired road-race gear like leather helmets and goggles.
  • You can stop for a snack or meal at La Taverna, the bistro-restaurant at the museum.
  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
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How to get there

The Mille Miglia is located in the Monastery of St. Eufemia complex just east of Brescia, and can be reached from the city center by car or via buses 3 and 11 that depart from the city’s central train station. To avoid the hassle of driving or coordinating public transportation, join a tour from Milan or Bergamo that includes public transportation.

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When to get there

The museum is open daily year-round, but is especially fun to visit during the period when the Mille Miglia race is held each May as the museum often organizes special events and exhibits and switches out the cars on display.

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The “Red Arrow Race”

Mille Miglia, also known as the Red Arrow Race because of the markers used to guide participants along the route, is a thousand-mile open-road race that was held competitively from 1927 to 1957 and is now an amateur time-trial event open to vehicles produced no later than 1957. Its historic winners were often driving cars produced by Ferrari, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo before they became iconic, and vintage car enthusiasts come from across the world still today to participate in the road rally held each spring.

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