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Fossil Museum of the Monte San Giorgio

Remodeled and expanded by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta, the Fossil Museum in Meride exhibits a selection of fossilized animals and plants from the unique UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte San Giorgio.

The 2.5-meter long reconstruction of the saurian Ticinosuchus welcomes visitors to the fossil museum in the center of the village of Meride.

Across four floors, the Museum presents a huge variety of fossils, illustrations, models and three-dimensional animations in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). These explain how the fossils from this long extinct world have been excavated, prepared and scientifically described by experts since 1850.

Trail and educational points in the are provide views of the rocks and excavations where the fossils were found, notably at the Val Mara visitor platform near the Museum.

Guided tours, excursions and workshops
The Foundation organises guided tours of the Museum and excursions in the area, lead by qualified official guides. The Museum also offers a series of activities designed for families and children, for example, workshops and educational routes with audio guides.

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.

Partner Ticino Ticket

Thanks to Ticino Ticket you can visit this attraction at a discounted price. Ask the ticket at your hotel, campsite or hostel and find out all the offers you can receive.


  • TIMETABLE Monday: Chiuso / Geschlossen / Fermé / Closed
    Tuesday: 09:00 - 17:00
    Wednesday: 09:00 - 17:00
    Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00
    Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
    Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00
    Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00
  • VENUES Suitable for families
  • MUSEUMS Natural science museums , Theme museums