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Museum of Castel Grande

The museum is spread across two floors in the southern wing of Castelgrande, the ducal fortress restored by architect Aurelio Galfetti from 1980 to 1991.

The archaeological section offers a brief presentation of the 6,500 years of human presence on the hill, from the first Neolithic village to the twentieth century, ending with an entertaining film. Don’t miss the collection of fifteenth century coins, bearing witness to the mint used by the three primitive cantons.

Meanwhile, the art history section includes a series of tempera paintings on paper (ca. 1470) which originally decorated the wooden ceiling of a lavish fourteenth century residence in the city centre that was demolished in 1970.

The bright “Sala Arsenale” also regularly hosts fascinating temporary exhibits.

Guided tours can be organised on request: info@guidesi.ch

Open all year:

  • November - March/April: 10.30 am - 4 pm
  • March/April - November: 10 am - 6 pm


Accessibility Services

This cultural/tourist point of interest took part in the digital data mapping project on accessibility by Pro Infirmis. The project was carried out with the collaboration and support of Ticino Turismo, the four regional tourist organisations and the Department of Education, Culture and Sport.

All information on the accessibility of the partner in question can be found on the following page.


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