Inaugurated in 2012 to a design by the architect Mario Botta, the new museum allows visitors to rediscover evidence of a world dating back 240 million years.
Located on Monte San Giorgio, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's most important fossil deposits from the Mid Triassic period, the museum exhibits on three floors fossils that have been unearthed and studied by palaeontologists since 1850. The museum contains reconstructions of large saurians, fossils in an exceptional state of preservation, multimedia rooms and models of marine reptiles.
They organise guided tours, educational workshops and excursions, provide multimedia and audio guides and virtual and augmented reality experiences for the visitors. Like an open-air museum, the visit continues onto a panoramic terrace ten minutes' walk from the Museum in the direction of Serpiano. At the locality of Acqua del Ghiffo there is an open-air classroom and palaeontological excavation; and there are the marble quarries of Marmo in Arzo and a more demanding geo-palaeontological trail of four and a half hours that can be taken around Monte San Giorgio.