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Fossil Museum of the Monte San Giorgio

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Incredible !

This museum is one of the rarest and most important collection of fossils in the world from this... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2017
Cologne, Germany
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Excellent new exhibit of fossil finds from Monte San Giorgio

We drove our rental car 25 km from the Palace Grand Hotel Varese. Having found this museum's... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2017
Gene R J
Silver Spring, Maryland
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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...more
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via Bernardo Peyer 9, Meride 6866, Switzerland
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Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

This museum is one of the rarest and most important collection of fossils in the world from this period - some perfectly conserved examples being from 5 million years before the dinosaurs we know of normally. Very well organized and set in a beautiful scenery...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank chibakun
Reviewed September 30, 2017

We drove our rental car 25 km from the Palace Grand Hotel Varese. Having found this museum's counterpart in Italy(Museo dei fossili del Monte San Giorgi) closed yesterday, we were anxious to see this one in Switzerland. We parked below in the Meride town lot...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Gene R J
Reviewed August 16, 2017

A small but great museum! we visited with friends with children and everyone was happy! The paleontological history of the area is fascinating and the explanations and videos and samples provided give you a precise idea of what and how happened millions of years ago....More

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank mina40
Reviewed May 12, 2017

From the fossil museum we walked to the peak of Monte Giorgio - spectacular views but quite a steep hike (we took the anti-clockwise route of the circular geo path, with a detour to the summit, from which we descended to the cable-car station at...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed July 6, 2016

It is suitable for both children and adults. They are carried out various activities for children: so the children have fun and adults watch the exhibition. Illustrations and models explain to the public the long extinct world whose fossils have been excavated. Fossils of animals...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Giulia F
Reviewed March 18, 2016

I walked over Monte San Giorgio with friends at least 15 Years ago and, at that time, heard something about the fossils found up there, but there was nothing much to be seen. Evidently not as the pieces are all in this Museum! Arranged on...More

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Vivienne B
Reviewed November 29, 2015

Interesting exhibits put together in an entertaining way, everything in a visualy pleasant package. Super friendly and helpful staff, it's a great way to learn about why is Mt. St. Giorgio important and UNESCO-protected.

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank Tina Q
Reviewed August 14, 2015

I visited this Museum in Meride, a lovely small village in the Italian part of Switzerland. The village can be reached by car, but there are just few parking spaces. the museum is beautiful and very informative. It contains many fossils from the Triassic time...More

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank mfg25
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Response from Luca Z | Property representative |
Good day. I suggest you to consider to take one day to visit the museum. The texts in the museum are all in italian, but since november 2015 there is the possibility to take advantage of the new multimedial audio guide in... More
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