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Museo d’Arte della Svizzera Italiana

The MASI (Museo d’Arte della Svizzera Italiana) aims to represent the reference institution of Art as a cultural crossroads between northern Europe and southern Europe by presenting the Swiss artistic reality to the public with well-known contemporary artists such as: Tommaso Rodari, Monet, Boudin, Rousseau, Matisse, Pissarro, Degas, Renoir, Maillol and others.

THE MASI was born after a major overhaul of the cultural policies of the city of Lugano and the canton of Ticino that led the unification of two museums (Cantonal Museum of Art and the Museum of Lugano Art) into a single reality.

The unification has allowed an enhancement of the cultural artistic heritage.


LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

The LAC, the structure built by the famous architect Ivano Gianola, overlooks Lake Lugano, a modern cultural center opened in 2015. The LAC is dedicated to music and the performing arts as well as the visual arts and is an important cultural centre for Switzerland.

The LAC is home to the Museum of Art of Italian Switzerland, born between the Cantonal Museum of Art and the Lugano Museum of Art, offers an important artistic value, the center of the identity of Lugano and Ticino in general, as a crossroads between north and south of Europe.

At the LAC, the exhibition spaces feature countless works of art spread over 3 floors, contemporary works or modern art, while at the Palazzo Reali (located not far from the LAC) works are presented from the beginning of the fifteenth to the middle of the twentieth century, with a special attention to the territory.

Palazzo Reali also hosts the 1000-seat concert and theatre hall, equipped with modular and removable acoustics, and hosts an extensive calendar of performances and concerts.

Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano
LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura
Piazza Bernardino Luini 6
CH – 6901 Lugano


Hermann Hesse Museum

German writer Hermann Hesse, originally from Calw, Germany, lived in Ticino in Montagnola, a hamlet of Lugano district, for more than 40 years, from 1919 to 1962.

The Herman Hesse Museum is one of the most visited in Ticino, set up in 1997 in Montagnola at the premises of the Camuzzi Tower (adjacent to the first house of the Nobel Prize winner) where the writer lived from 1919 to 1931. The museum has a permanent exhibition that introduces the first moments of the forty years Hesse spent in Ticino. His famous glasses, typewriter and delicate watercolors are unmissable

In the stillness of the Golden Hill, in this beautiful region, the writer surely found the peace and the right balance to write some of his most important works, still among the most read and loved books in the world.

An audio guide will make you travel back in time on the steps of the Artist, walk on wonderful landscapes dear to the writer, the woods he loved, the grottos and his paintings.

Address and website

Ra Cürta 2, 6926 Collina d’Oro


Museo Delle Culture Lugano

Founded in 1985 and opened in 1989, the Museum of Cultures preserves most of the extraordinary collection donated by Serge Brignoni (1903-2002). The Ticino artist, a fine connoisseur of ethnic art, bought the masterpieces of primitive art in the long run from 1930 to the mid-1980s, when he decided to donate his precious collection to the City of Lugano.

The museum, an important research center on the anthropology of art, offers at the same time to the public more temporary exhibitions, dedicated to the ethnic and oriental arts, to the photography of Exoticism and Primitivism, thus sharing with the public the richness and articulation of his cultural project.

Address and website

MUSEC – Museo delle Culture
Riva Caccia 5
6900 Lugano
t. +41 58 866 69 60

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