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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.
  • 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

January - May 10.00-17.00
June - September 10.00-18.00
October - December 10.00-17.00
Sunday 10.00-18.00
Monday closed
The Museum is open during the following holidays:
Easter Monday
Whit Monday
1 May
1 August
15 August
8 December
6 January
closed: 24, 25, 26 December and 1 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 40 Telephone (museo)
091 647 32 41 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