This is a private foundation on the hills of Lake Garda that is open to the public. It comprises a unique monumental complex including the residence, a Visconti Venetian castle called Podesta, now a house-museum, of the late Senator Ugo Da Como Brescia. It also includes a small group of ancient buildings that are part of the medieval village of Lonato. The Museum and the Castle which also houses the Ornithological Museum are open all year to visitors. The library and its 30,000 volumes and archives are available to researchers by appointment.