Open all year
Tu - Sa 9:00 – 12:00 a.m. / 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bank holidays closed.
The "Museo di storia naturale" is located in Lugano and is a body of the territorial Department of the Canton of Ticino.
Its task is to research, document, study and disseminate knowledge concerning the natural heritage of the region and to develop a greater awareness of man’s growing role in the environment in which he lives. The Museum has a specialistic library and It also acts as an important pole of reference for the individual citizen, schools, scientific institutions, associations, tourism and for the public administration.
The permanent collection offers a general picture of the different natural components of the region: great environmental reconstructions present the most important animals and plants, while some other sections are devoted to rocks, minerals and fossils, among which even the famous reptiles of Monte San Giorgio. The Museum also features an extensive section devoted to mushrooms.
Besides the permanent collection, the Institute holds temporary exhibits, organizes courses and conferences, produces publications and didactical material and collaborates with other institutions in implementing thematic ideas.
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