Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI Lugano), directed by Tobia Bezzola, is one of only a handful of Swiss art museums that attract more than 100'000 visitors a year and has been a cultural crossroads between north and south of the Alps ever since it opened.

With numerous temporary exhibitions and regularly renewed displays of its collection, the museum offers visitors of all ages a packed program of activities in its two locations: the newest, the beating heart of the LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura cultural centre, and the historic Palazzo Reali (Via Canova 10, Lugano), which has been reopening in Autumn 2019 following a major refurbishment. In addition to the two MASI venues, the Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati opens to the public twice a year.

Included among the 13 Swiss museums supported by the Federal Office of Culture for the 2018-2022 period, MASI is part of "Art Museums of Switzerland", the group of art museums selected by Switzerland Tourism as a channel of international tourism promotion.

Opening days and times

MASI, LAC Venue, Piazza Bernardino Luini 6

  • Tue, Wed, Fri 11.00 – 18.00
  • Thu 11.00 – 20.00
  • Sat, Sun, Public Holidays 10.00 – 18.00
  • Mon: closed

MASI, Palazzo Reali Venue, Via Canova 10

  • Tue, Wed, Fri 11.00 – 18.00
  • Thu 11.00-20.00
  • Sat, Sun, Public Holidays 10.00 – 18.00
  • Mon: closed


Ticket prices for access to exhibitions are variable. For more information see

Free admission on the first Thursday of each month from 18.00 to 20.00.

Cultural mediation

Ateliers for children, lecture d'oeuvre with aperitif for adults, workshops between art and technology for young people, free concerts in the lobby, theatre performances, in-depth musical paths between art, music and theatre are just some of the many proposals of the cultural mediation program of LAC edu, available on