The SAME Museum, inaugurated in 2008, is a vast open-space exhibition with a floor area of approx. 700 m². On Entering the Museum, where they are met by Francesco Messina’s sculpture of Francesco Cassani, visitors embark on a veritable journey through the history of agricultural mechanisation.
In fact, the Museum is home to some real treasures – often one-off specimens – which testify to the history of SAME. This is much more than an exhibition of tractors: some of the most important breakthroughs in the mechanisation of agriculture are represented through prototypes and mass-produced machines, all in pristine condition: original items, texts and images.
Tractors, farming machines, engines and mechanical components are on display at the museum, and of these, the most important is a model which represents a turning point in the history of agricultural mechanisation: the Cassani 40 hp tractor from 1927.
This machine is among the first in the world designed for agricultural use and powered by a diesel engine. It was much more practical and economical than traditional petrol-engine models, and in 1931 won first prize in the “Italian agricultural tractor” competition organised by the Ministry of Agriculture.
The exhibit also features a selection of SAME tractors with a special focus on the DA series, especially the DA 25 (1952), the Samecars of the ‘60s, the Centauro (1966) and the Explorer (1983). The Museum offers a hands-on experience of the ways technology has evolved in agriculture, and give visitors a chance to learn more about an industry that has been the lifeblood of our country; a window into the history and engineering of the product, just a short distance away from the assembly lines and the modern Research and Development department where the tractors and technology of tomorrow are being designed.