Welcome to the Customs Museum
The Swiss Customs Museum in Cantine di Gandria lies on the shore of Lake Lugano, surrounded by lush vegetation. An exclusive location for a museum, and one that does not lack symbolism. There is a wonderful view of the lake and Monte Bré from the terrace, but the border cannot be seen from here. Swiss Customs is even more impressive, with the many different tasks presented in the museum, housed in a building which was once a border guard post.
Goods smuggling, drug searches, economic crime, migration, precious metal control, the protection of cultural property and species protection – visitors get a glimpse of the day-to-day work of border guards and customs agents in Switzerland in the Customs Museum, from 1848 when the Swiss Confederation was founded, up to the present day.
Customs-related duties are manifold. We hope that you enjoy your visit to the Swiss-Italian border in Cantine di Gandria and take vivid impressions away with you.
The museum is open daily from April to mid-October, from 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., and is best reached by ferry from Lugano or Gandria. Entrance is free.