Hermann Hesse spent the second half of his life in Montagnola, the town in Tessin that he adopted as his permanent place of residence. He spent the first ten years there living in Casa Camuzzi and later, with his third wife, Ninon, moved to Casa Rossa. In 1997, it finally proved possible to open the long overdue museum in the torre forming part of the Casa Camuzzi complex. Thanks to the help of private sponsors and the support of Heiner Hesse, Hermann Hesse's second son, the museum was able to open on July 2, 1997, the 120th birthday of the writer and painter. The exhibits are consciously kept as modest as possible in an effort to avoid "cluttering" the only limited space available. In addition to personal effects (desk, typewriter, glasses, paintbox, wall-hanging, clothes), and original watercolours by Hermann Hesse, visitors will also find translations, first editions, and selected titles from the writer's "Library of World Literature," as well as documents relating to his friendship to the painter who lived at Casa Camuzzi, Gunter Böhmer.