Art galleries and museums in Lucerne

Lucerne is a city with some of the most exciting art collections in the world. Discover with this guide some of the most fascinating museums, galleries, and exhibition spaces.

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1. Rosengart Collection

Originally the private collection of Siegfried and Angela Rosengart, the Rosengart Collection has now become one of the preeminent galleries of classic modernist art.

With a stunning array of works by over 20 art masters from the last century, including works by Modigliani, Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir, Dufy, and Soutine, this gallery is sure to delight. An emphasised display of works by Picasso and Paul Klee is a special highlight.

Opening hours: April – October: daily 10am – 6pm (including public holidays) November – March: daily 11am – 5pm (including public holidays)

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2. Museum Bellpark

Located in the west side of the city in a 19th century mansion, this museum is stunning in its originality.

Photography exhibits are juxtaposed with pieces from Switzerland’s rich past. Temporary displays include current Swiss artistic trends, making this often forgotten gallery a perfect place to experience the scope of Switzerland’s artistic past, present, and future.

Opening hours: Wednesday - Saturday 2pm - 5pm; Sunday 11am - 5pm

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3. Hans Erni Museum

‘Panta Rhei,’ a Greek maxim meaning ‘everything flows,’ was adopted by Hans Erni as his personal motto and has infected every aspect of this museum.

Made up mostly of temporary exhibitions, this space has become a forum for contemporary artists from Switzerland and the world over. The wonderful temporality and flexibility of this space means that no two visits will ever be quite alike.

Opening hours: Summer 10am - 6pm daily; Winter 10am - 5pm daily

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4. Galerie Urs Meile

A fusion point of all forms of contemporary art, the Galerie Urs Meile is a wonder in the world of contemporary art.

A place where traditional painting and sculpture meets with other mediums such as photography, installation, and video to form one of the most fascinating hives of contemporary art. Paired with its location in Beijing, its also a place where Western art meets Chinese innovation.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am - 6pm; Saturdays: Visitors welcome, please schedule an appointment.

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5. Kunstpavillon

Inaugurated just two years ago, the Kunstpavillon has become world-renowned as a place of artistic display, experimentation, discourse, and innovation.

o.T art spaces and sicSpace for contemporary art both share the Art Pavilion, bringing together Switzerland’s most promising young artists and encouraging a new era of artistic growth.

Opening hours: Thursdays and Fridays 3pm - 7pm; Saturdays 2pm - 5pm

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