The Museo Agusta Foundation was founded in 2003 in Cascina Costa di Samarate (Varese) by the Gruppo Lavoratori Anziani Agusta and collects testimonies about the activity of the legendary companies Costruzioni Aeronautiche Giovanni Agusta and MV Agusta.
The museum exhibits relics of aircraft, helicopters and motorcycles, engines, experimental machines, posters and drawings relative to the production of MV Agusta, up to 1976. These notably include the racing motorbikes used by Giacomo Agostini and other international racing champions.
In the Museum bookshop visitors can buy a range of gadgets highly sought after by collectors (clothing, accessories, models of helicopters and books). Since 2012 the adjacent building, Villa Agusta, has hosted the headquarters of the Historical Archive / Library of the Foundation with over 10,000 images and a vast collection of hundreds of hours of film.
The Superintendent of Archives of the Lombardy Region has recognised the historical and cultural value of the archive collections preserved therein. The museum is open to the public and draws 7,000 visitors per year.