General information

Visitors car park

A new car park with barrier is available for visitors. The ticket issued at the entrance must be validated at the Museum: parking is free of charge for visitors.

Opening hours

From Tuesday to Friday:

  • January - May 10.00-17.00
  • June - September 10.00-18.00
  • October - December 10.00-17.00

Saturday, Sunday 10.00-18.00

Monday closed

The Museum is open during the following holidays (10.00-18.00)

19 March
Easter Monday
Ascension Day
Whit Monday
Corpus Christi
1 May
1 August
15 August
1 November
8 December
6 January

closed: 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

Admission fees

Museum + Special Exhibition

  • Permanent and temporary exhibition CHF 10.- / reduced CHF 8.-
  • Permanent exhibition only CHF 8.- / reduced CHF 6.-
  • Reduction: groups, AVS/AI and residents of the City of Mendrisio.
  • Schools (Switzerland): free entrance, other Schools: CHF 3.-
  • IOSTUDIO and other student cards: CHF 3.-
  • Guided Tours (max. 20 pers.) CHF 150.- (Italian) / CHF 180.- (French/German/English)

Admission is free for members of the following organisations and holders of the following cards:

  • Swiss Museum Pass
  • Raiffeisen-Maestro card, Raiffeisen VISA card, V Pay or Raiffeisen MasterCard (members/young members)
  • ICOM (International Council of Museums), ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), AMS (Swiss Museums Association), VISARTE (Swiss professional Association for the visual Arts)
  • Associations of Swiss Art Historians
  • MS – Swiss Association Multiple Sclerosis

Reduced prices for union members:
UNIA, VPOD, syndicom, SEV, SSM, Garanto, SIT, OCST 


Hot beverage dispenser on the first floor of the building.
Tables and seats are provided in the northern part of the park, where visitors may consume food and soft drinks.

Access to the disabled

The museum is fully accessible to the disabled.
They are kindly requested to enter the park with their vehicles, through the trade entrance. Please announce arrival by intercom. A car park reserved for the disabled is situated behind the main building.
If possible, please telephone beforehand.

Inclusive culture

Since 2019, the Museo Vincenzo Vela fully meets the criteria of the "Inclusive culture" label, supervised by the Pro Infirmis service of the same name.


Museo Vincenzo Vela
Largo Vincenzo Vela
6853 Ligornetto
Phone +41 58 481 30 44
Fax +41 58 481 30 43

Phone +41 58 481 30 44/40

Phone +41 58 481 30 40
Fax +41 58 481 30 43

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