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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Open all year
9:00 – 12:00 / 14:00 - 17:00
Bank holidays closed.
The MASI Lugano born by the merging between the Museo Cantonale d’Arte and the Museo d’Arte. In LAC the exhibitions focus on modern and contemporary art.
In a charming corner of Lake Lugano, a few steps from Italy, the Customs Museum illustrates past and present of border management and surveillance (special exhibitions cover topics such as illegal trade, smuggling, counterfeiting and much more) and tells stories about a region whose identity has always been defined by the border.
The only art museum for children (3-11 years) in Ticino that brings the world of art closer and stimulates the creativity with a playful and educational approach. It offers interactive exhibitions and creative workshops for learning about artists and expressing emotions and creativity.
The photographic exhibition by Ettore Silini, born in 1978, from Besazio, shows incredible images of insects, taken using the technique of focus stacking, namely a combination of several photographs taken at different focus distances to achieve maximum depth of field.
The educational exhibition, realized in 2020 by Pro Natura Ticino on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the association and adapted by the “Museo cantonale di storia naturale” to its spaces, is conceived with playful supporting activities useful to discover, in an interactive way, the world of insects.