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If you get a hankering for art while in Lugano, you won’t be disappointed. There are several good museums to choose from. Here is a sampling:
Museo Cantonale d’Arte is located on the Piazza Manzoni. It features works from such famous artists as Degas, Renoir and Hodler. Adding to the museum’s allure is its location in a 17th century church. The Swiss Photography Foundation has its headquarters here and its members photography is regularly exhibited as well. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays 2-5 p.m.
If you are interested in natural history, head for the
Museo Cantonale di Storia Naturale, which focuses on the geological, zoological, botanical and mineral specimens native to this area of Switzerland.
Those looking for something modern and current will enjoy the exhibits at the Museo d’Arte Moderna, where modern art is on display from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Major touring exhibitions are also brought here, so you never know what you’ll find. It’s open six days a week (Tuesday through Sunday) from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Museo di Hermann Hesse is devoted to the works of Hermann Hesse , a writer and painter. Hesse once lived in the Camuzzi House Project in Montagnola, and the museum is housed in the tower in Casa Camuzzi. The museum’s collection features writings and paintings and in the theater, you can watch a biographical documentary on Hesse. This museum is open only on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.