• Museums and cultural spaces, Outside of Hermann Hesse Museum in Montagnola

Museums and Cultural Spaces


Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano - sede LAC

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.


The Hermann Hesse Museum

The Museum hosts precious evidence of Hermann Hesse’s last 43 years in Montagnola up until his death.


The City of Lugano Historical Archive

The Historical Archive of Lugano preserves documentary collections, photographs, engravings, books and periodicals.


Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano - sede Palazzo Reali

In Palazzo Reali - historical site of the Museo Cantonale d’Arte - art works are presented in a range that goes from early 15th to the middle of the 20th century.


Museo cantonale di storia naturale

The "Museo di storia naturale" is located in Lugano and is a body of the territorial Department of the Canton of Ticino.


Villa Ciani

An entirely different villa. A visit in enhanced reality.


Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati

The Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati, open to the public in the exhibition venue next to the LAC cultural centre, displays over 200 important artworks, selected according to different criteria on the basis of its presentation.


Museo in Erba

Unique educational museum designed to help children discover art through play, with exhibitions and workshops.


Santa Maria degli Angeli 3D

History comes alive.


MUSEC - Museo delle Culture

Aware of the continuous transformations of our society, the Museum incessantly inquiries about the possibilities of cultures’ dialogue.


Swiss Customs Museum

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.


Museo Plebano

The Plebano Museum’s collection shows the interaction between historical and archaeological pieces and contemporary art.


Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia

The Foundation aims to advance art and cultural education.


The Alprose Chocolate Museum

The Alprose chocolate museum presents the world of chocolate from its origin to date. Not to be missed is a visit to the "Nostalgia" shop for a chocolate tasting.


The Bigorio Museum

The Museum is beautifully located within the “Convento di Santa Maria” of Bigorio and exhibits objects made by monks over many years. The display gives to the public a unique insight into the lifestyle at the monastery.


Gipsoteca Gianluigi Giudici

The Gipsoteca Gianluigi Giudici is a museum that has been conceived, promoted and created by the Renato and Gianluigi Giudici Foundation.


The Fishing Museum

This fascinating exhibition gives us an idea of fishing from prehistoric times to today, touching upon several subjects like boat construction, the fish trade, the production of fishing nets, fish species found in our rivers and lakes, ancient fishing techniques, all this, in a relaxing environment close to the lake shore.


Museo del Malcantone

The Malcantone Museum in Curio in Switzerland has recently undergone a radical makeover and the contents of the museum have been completely overhauled.


Fondazione d'Arte Erich Lindenberg - Museum Villa Pia

The Museum Villa Pia in Porza, created by the "Fondazione d'Arte Erich Lindenberg" costituted in 2008 by Mareen Koch, has as mission the conservation and promotion of the German painter Lindenberg (Gronau 1938 - Berlin 2006).



Swissminiatur is an open-air museum where you can admire the most important Swiss buildings and means of transportation.


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.

Brè s/Lugano

The Wilhelm Schmid Museum

Located in the centre of the vil¬lage Brè, the Museum is dedicated to the work of the painter Wilhelm Schmid, an exponent of the German New Objectivity of the 20s, who moved to Ticino in 1937.

Ponte Tresa

Railway Museum Lugano - Ponte Tresa

Permanent exhibition on material and documents regarding the Ferrovie Luganesi SA’s first 100 years of life and, in particular, concerning the Lugano Ponte Tresa railroad line.


Little Museum of Sessa and Monteggio

The Small Museum of Sessa and Monteggio was opened in the Sixties when a group of young people, encouraged by Beppe Zanetti, started collecting objects belonging to the Ticino farming civilisation.


The Mario Bernasconi Museum

Museum and house of birth with a collection of artwork by sculptor Mario Bernasconi (1899 – 1963) and his wife, the painter Irma Bernasconi Pannes (1902 – 1971). The house of birth exhibits the artwork of the Twenties with drawings, stories, photographs and personal objects from the sculptor.


Radio Museum

The Radio Museum offers an educational tour that tells the history of the radio starting from Guglielmo Marconi (1895) to the present day, with a special focus on the Ticino area.


Archivio audiovisivo di Capriasca e Val Colla

The ACVC collects, safeguards and redelivers to the population and to all the parties, images and oral testimonies that constitute the collective memory of the region.


Museo Sergio Maina

A professional painter he restored paintings for a living, painted frescoes in churches and never abandoned music.


Gold Mine Museum

The “Museo della Miniera” constitutes a “Unicum” in Ticino, that is, a rarity no to be missed.


Museo Rainis and Aspazija

The exhibition, created on the basis of a cooperation agreement between the municipality of the City of Lugano and the Association of Memorial Museums of Latvia, is dedicated to the Swiss exile of the Latvian writers Rainis and Aspazija at the beginning of the Twentieth Century.


House - Museum Luigi Rossi

Approximately fifty works (paintings, watercolors, drawings and sketches for Illustrations) by Luigi Rossi (1853-1923). Genre painter, author of portraits and landscapes, the work of Luigi Rossi lies between reality and symbol.


Museo d'arte sacra

This small museum, set up on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the Parish of Breno-Fescoggia, is equipped with about eighty sacred and liturgical objects that bear witness to the historical evolution of this small parish community.


Fondazione Vincenzo Vicari

The foundation goal is to assure the conservation and the accessibility of the collection of over 650 photographic and cinematographic cameras donated by Vincenzo Vicari to the Caslano patriciate.


Edificio Storico Maglio del Malcantone

The forge was built by the Giuseppe Righetti family from Aranno in 1860. The forge produced iron tools like scythes, sickles, shovels, spades and hoes. In 1979 the “Malcantone Forge Foundation” was established and in 1992 restored the forge in order to preserve some local history for the future generations of Malcantone.


Cine Museo 65

Vintage 1922-1987. The golden age of Beaulieu, BOLEX Paillard, Pathé Baby,...


Marionette Museum

The Museum exhibits more than a hundred of these wooden actors which, thanks to Michel and Michèle Poletti, have performed on the international stage since 1966.



L’ideatorio of the Università della Svizzera Italiana is place to meet science while experimenting and having fun.


Sessa gold mine

A wreath of experience and history.