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 the management and surveillance of the borders (fight against illegal traffics and forgery, prevention of trade in endangered species, and much more) and tells stories about a region which identity has been always defined by the border.