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San Salvatore Museum

The rooms host a precious collection of rare religious art, an exhibition dedicated to rocks, minerals, fossils and speleology of the region and the history of the lightening research centre.

The San Salvatore Museum, which opened in 1999 and is located on the summit, was set up by the Mount San Salvatore Funicular railway company in partnership with the Archfraternity of Good Death and Prayer and named “Santa Marta”.

The rooms which house the museum collections have been meticulously restored, but once formed an ancient hospice used since its construction at the end of the 17th century to provide shelter to the poor and travellers making pilgrimages to the San Salvatore church, and for the dutiful spiritual retreats of the confraternity and any hermit friars who wished to make a pilgrimage there.

Over the past decade the Museum has added exciting new exhibitions, again linked to the history of the mountain and structures built on it.

Spread over two floors, the museum currently offers the following exhibitions: Archfraternity/Religious art objects - Geology - Speleology - Lightning

Season 2019/2020 Tourism poster exhibition
Season 2019/2020 Photo exhibition at the Restaurant Vetta San Salvatore


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  1. Contact

    Museo San Salvatore
    c/o Funicolare Monte San Salvatore, Via delle Scuole 7
    6900 Lugano-Paradiso
    +41 91 985 28 28

  2. Notes

    Permanent Collection: objects connected to the history of the dell'Arciconfraternita della Buona Morte e Orazione of Lugano and an area dedicated to the minerals and fossils of the region.

  3. Opening

    Opening season
    16.03 - 03.11.2019
    10:00-12:00 / 13:00-15:00

    07.12 - 15.12.2019 / 11.01 - 08.03.2020
    10:00-12:00 / 13:00-15:00

    21.12.2019 - 06.01.2020
    10:00-12:00 / 13:00-15:00

  4. Prices

    Free entry
    Entrance included for funicolar ticket-owners

  5. Access to the disabled
    • Inaccessible by wheelchair, but is accessible to persons with mobility impairments (C)