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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
Opening 1979

Dioramas
Dioramas
Ceresiosaurus calcagnii (Monte San Giorgio)
Ceresiosaurus calcagnii (Monte San Giorgio)
Omniglobe
Omniglobe
  • Science
    Science

Location of the museum

Viale Carlo Cattaneo 4
6900 Lugano

Location/directions

Viale Cattaneo 4, Lugano (presso il Palazzetto delle Scienze, vicino al Parco Ciani, lato fiume Cassarate)

Open

Tu-Sa 9-12 e 14-17
Bank holidays closed

Admission

Free entry

Contact

Museo cantonale di storia naturale
Viale Carlo Cattaneo 4 Casella postale 5487
6901 Lugano
091 815 47 61 Telephone
091 815 47 69 Fax
dt-mcsn@ti.ch
http://www.ti.ch/mcsn
  • 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.