With a volume of 180,000 m3 the imposing structure rises over the site of the former Palace hotel. The strong point of the LAC’s design is its proximity to the lake. The entrance hall (650 m2) which provides access to the theatre and concert hall is a huge window which makes the interface between interior and exterior almost invisible.
The Museo d’Arte della Svizzera italiana was born from the merging of the Museo Cantonale d’Arte with the Museo della Città. Comprising 5 floors, 2000 m2, it was designed to allow the art works themselves to be protagonists, to be a space for silence and contemplation. One floor contains the permanent collection, the other 1820 m2 are dedicated to temporary exhibitions. At around 600 m2, a single floor of the LAC has the same exhibition area as the entire Villa Malpensata.
800 m2, 1000 seats, a modular acoustic shell, a disappearing orchestra pit: here is a concert hall that can transform into a theatre and be a venue for any kind of performance, from symphonies to jazz, from opera to musicals, from dance to spoken theatre. Thanks to the collaboration between architect Ivano Gianola and Müller BBM of Munich (leader in the engineering field), the LAC’s theatre and concert hall is the perfect combination between architectural aesthetics and acoustic quality.
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Open all year
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 20:00
For Monday evening performance, the ticket office opens 90 minutes before curtain time.
On days with evening performances: Box Office closes at 21:00, the Arts Centre closes half an hour after the end of the performance.
Entrance to the permanent collection
Entrance to temporary exhibitions
Full price ticket: CHF 15.–
Reduced price ticket: CHF 10.–
AVS/AI, over 65 years old, groups (min. 10 persons), students from17 to 25 years old, Lugano Card, Lugano Card City, Club Rete Due, Holiday Card, Arcobaleno Loyalty program, TCI, FAI members
<16 years old, the first Sunday of the month, Swiss Museum Pass, Pro Museo, ICOM, VSM-AMS, IAA-AIAP, Visarte
Please visit the official website for ticket prices.