Museo cantonale di storia naturale
The main task of the Cantonal Museum of Natural History is to investigate, document, study and divulge the knowledge relating to the natural heritage of the Canton Ticino.
The Museum undertakes a regular research activity, handles a collection of more than half a million items (minerals, rocks, fossils, animals, plants and fungi) and has a specialized library. It acts as an important focus of reference for individuals, schools, research institutes, associations, tourism and public administration.
The permanent exhibition (1100 m2) illustrates the different features of Ticino natural landscape: large habitat reconstructions (dioramas) display the most significant plant and animal species, while an important section is dedicated to rocks, minerals and fossils such as those of the famous reptiles found on Monte San Giorgio. A speciality of the Museum is the mushrooms exhibition that offers an exhaustive overall view of the fungi of the Canton Ticino.
This museum greets you in the following languages: I
Location of the museumViale Carlo Cattaneo 4
Location/directionsViale Cattaneo 4, Lugano (presso il Palazzetto delle Scienze, vicino al Parco Ciani, lato fiume Cassarate)
OpenTu-Sa 9-12 e 14-17
Bank holidays closed
ContactMuseo cantonale di storia naturale
Viale Carlo Cattaneo 4 Casella postale 5487
091 815 47 61 Telephone
091 815 47 69 Fax
Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
Extremely children and family-friendly
Completely wheelchair accessible