The Swiss Customs Museum in Cantine di Gandria lies on the shore of Lake Lugano, surrounded by lush vegetation. An exclusive location for a museum, and one that does not lack symbolism. There is a wonderful view of the lake and Monte Bré from the terrace, but the border cannot be seen from here. Swiss Customs is even more impressive, with the many different tasks presented in the museum, housed in a building which was once a border guard post.
Goods smuggling, drug searches, economic crime, migration, precious metal control, the protection of cultural property and species protection – visitors get a glimpse of the day-to-day work of border guards and customs agents in Switzerland in the Customs Museum, from 1848 when the Swiss Confederation was founded, up to the present day.
Customs-related duties are manifold. We hope that you enjoy your visit to the Swiss-Italian border in Cantine di Gandria and take vivid impressions away with you.
This museum greets you in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Belle Époque. Pre-Alpine lakes on the National Swiss Library's posters-
The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/I
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Thematic cultural asset
Location of the museumCantine di Gandria
6978 Gandria (Lugano)
Location/directionsThe museum is located on the south bank of Lake Lugano in Cantine di Gandria, right on the green border with Italy. The only way to get there is by ferry Current timetables can be obtained from the local shipping company: www.lakelugano.ch
OpenFrom June 9 until October 18, 2020
12:00 - 16:00 - Thurday to Sunday
NEW: Closed on Monday (except June 29, 2020)
Covid-19 Protection Plan: www.zollmuseum.admin.ch
AdmissionAdults: CHF 5.-
Children (6-16 years): CHF 2.50
Children under 6 years: free
Eidgenössische Zollverwaltung EZV / Kommunikation/Medien
0041 79 512 99 07 Telephone (Allgemeine Informationen)
0041 58 46 56133 Telephone (Museumsleitung)
Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
Extremely children and family-friendly