Museum of fossils from Meride

Museum of fossils from Monte San Giorgio

Via Bernardo Peyer 9
CH - 6866 Meride

Tel + 41 (0)91 640 00 80


Opening hours: 09:00 – 17:00

Open: from Tuesday to Sunday, Easter Monday and Pentecost

Closed: all Mondays, 24-25th and 31th December, 1st January


Ticket in CHF: Adults 12.- / Reduced 8.- / Children (6-16 years) 6.-

Children under 6 years free

Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children between 6-16 years) 25.-

Museum guided tour (duration 90 min) 120.-

Special conditions for classes

Audio guide 3.-


Remodeled and expanded by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta, the Museum of fossils from Monte San Giorgio was inaugurated the 13th of october of 2012. The structure 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. Spread over four floors, the large variety of animals that lived 245 to 180 million years ago in the erstwhile sea and on the coast of southern Ticino are exhibited.


Illustrations and models explain to the public the long extinct world whose fossils have been excavated, prepared and scientifically described by Swiss and Italian experts since 1850.


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Musei dei Fossili di Meride