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Museo Vincenzo Vela

The Vincenzo Vela Museum is one of the most important artists' house-museums to have been erected in nineteenth-century Europe. Conceived by the great realist sculptor Vincenzo Vela from Ticino (1820-91) at the height of his career, and transformed into a public museum after it was donated to the Swiss state, in addition to Vincenzo Vela's gallery of monumental plaster casts it includes the bequests of the sculptor Lorenzo Vela (1812-97) and painter Spartaco Vela (1854-95), a remarkable collection of nineteenth-century Lombard and Piedmontese paintings, hundreds of autograph drawings and one of the earliest private collections of photographs in Switzerland.
Redesigned by architect Mario Botta, the museum is located at the foot of Monte San Giorgio (a UNESCO World Heritage site) just 500 metres from the Italian border. Temporary exhibitions are held on a regular basis.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Guided Tours (max. 20 pers.) Fr 150.- (Italian) / 180.- (French/German/English)
Opening 1898

Veduta dall'alto, copyright M. Caccivio
Veduta dall'alto, copyright M. Caccivio
facciata sud: copyright M. Zeni
facciata sud: copyright M. Zeni
Ottagono: gli eroi del Risorgimento, copyright M. Zeni.
Ottagono: gli eroi del Risorgimento, copyright M. Zeni.

Current exhibitions

Vincenzo Vela (1820-1891). Poesia del reale

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L’esposizione è intesa come un’estensione della mostra permanente e, attraverso 12 sezioni, presenta le due anime dello scultore: quella di artista innovativo e versatile e quella di cittadino impegnato. Accanto ai gessi provenienti dalle collezioni del museo, si fa ricorso ad alcuni prestiti e all’inclusione di materiale di studio, calchi dal vero, maschere funerarie, disegni e soprattutto fotografie, che hanno costituito la base per lo sviluppo del suo stile naturalistico.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/I
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/I
Vincenzo Vela (1820-1891). Poesia del reale
  • Art
    Art
  • History
    History

Location of the museum

Largo Vincenzo Vela
6853 Ligornetto

Location/directions

By train Coming from either North or South (Chiasso) get off at MENDRISIO train station. Continue by bus. Stop at Ligornetto Posta. The museum can be reached in a 5 minute walk. By car From Lugano, Como and Milan: exit the autostrada (A2) at MENDRISIO. Take the superstrada in the direction of Varese-STABIO as far as the traffic-lights at STABIO. From Varese: Cross the frontier at Gaggiolo. Continue to STABIO and follow the road signs.

Open

Tuesday to Friday:
January - May 10.00-17.00
June - September 10.00-18.00
October - December 10.00-17.00
Saturday, Sunday10.00-18.00
Monday closed
Open during the following holidays (10.00-18.00)
Easter Monday
Ascension Day
White Monday
Corpus Christi
1 May
1 August
15 August
8 December
6 January

Admission

Adults: Fr. 12.-
Reduced Prices and groups: Fr. 8.-
Schools (canton Tessin): free entrance
Other Schools: Fr. 3.-
Student card IOSTUDIO: Fr 3.-
Guided Tours (max. 20 pers.) Fr 150.- (Italian) / 180.- (French/German/English)

Contact

Museo Vincenzo Vela
Largo Vincenzo Vela Casella postale 8
6853 Ligornetto
058 481 30 44 Telephone (ricezione)
058 481 30 40 Telephone (segreteria)
058 481 30 43 Fax (museo)
museo.vela@bak.admin.ch
http://www.museo-vela.ch
  • Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
    Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
  • Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
    Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
  • Parking
    Parking
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Extremely children and family-friendly
    Extremely children and family-friendly
  • Completely wheelchair accessible
    Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport
  • Museum day: the museum offers a special event on museum day.
    Museum day: the museum offers a special event on museum day.