Among art, history and archaeology. A fascinating group of museums to visit.
Oliveriana Library and Museum
The Oliveriana Library and Museum houses an extraordinary collection of ancient objects, mainly materials from excavations, as well as the impressive library consisting of manuscripts, precious parchments and rare editions donated by Annibale degli Abbati Olivieri in 1756 to the city of Pesaro. In 1787, the collection was combined with the bequeathed archaeological materials and book collection of Giovanni Battista Passeri.
The Civic Museums are located inside Palazzo Toschi Mosca, an imposing building in the heart of the historic city centre of Pesaro. Consisting of an Art Gallery and a Museum of Ceramics, you can view numerous paintings, drawings, prints, decorative arts and sculptures as well as a unique collection of majolica and porcelain: a truly rich collection. The absolute and undisputed masterpiece of the museums is the Bellini Pesaro Altarpiece depicting the Coronation of the Virgin, a work that merits a visit even if it’s the only thing you see.
The story of a life spent working on engines and motorcycles, that of Giancarlo Morbidelli to whom this extraordinary collection belonged. The collection, housed in Morbidelli’s old factory and inaugurated in 2000, allows you to retrace the steps of the evolution of the motorcycle, as is possible in few other places in the world. A magnificent exhibition of over 250 vintage motorcycles built in Italy and abroad, from 1905 to the end of the 1980s, divided into distinct sectors by manufacturing period.
Benelli Workshop Museum
The 1000 square meters of the Benelli workshop located at Viale Mameli, 22 are the newest example of industrial archaeology on display in Pesaro, the historic headquarters of the metal-mechanical company that played a big part in writing the city’s history. Within the old Benelli factory, 150 Benelli and MotoBi motorcycles are now on permanent display. The exhibit starts from the Tonino Benelli room featuring photographs of motorcycle racers riding Benelli and MotoBi motorcycles, trophies from all eras and Benelli, MotoBi and Molaroni engines on display.