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Museo Zoologico La Specola

Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 5100
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Ranked #51 of 215 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This fascinating natural history collection can be traced back to the Medici family. Full of...
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: This fascinating natural history collection can be traced back to the Medici family. Full of taxidermied animals of all types, skeletons and wax anatomical models, it is a must for the curious, as well as science and history lovers.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Never have seen some of these animals, I think they might be extinct. Some of the specimen we very, very old. Clever arrangement in simian room. Old and new world exhibit. Number of birds, quality of specimens and scope of avian collection was at time overwhelming. Many endangered specimens we would never kill and stuff now. Like a Lyre bird.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

There is so much to see in ths place it's unbelievable. Really disturbing at some points. Dinosaur bones, the skeletons of whales and so many other animals, jars upon jars of weird and really horrible things and creatures that date back to the 16th Century, stuffed animals and goodness knows what else. Definitely worth visiting. Nothing related to Florence but... More 

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lancashire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

It was almost a relief to visit a museum in Florence with no religious paintings, as beautiful as they are it's easy to get an overload. I'm still not sure wether I enjoyed it or not, it's definitely wacky. Think Victorian gentleman's collection, stuffed animals and birds that were stuffed 150 years ago! (I'm sure it's definitely not PC, there's... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

So lucky to wander in here... This museum was both my dad's and my 15 year old brother's favorite museum in Italy. An awesome collection of oddities- from room after room of hundreds of leering stuffed animals (I hate stuff like that usually but its just so strange here that it became interesting) and- perhaps one of the highlights of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We were there to see the wax anatomical exhibits and so were disappointed to arrive at the end of the museum to discover 2 of the rooms were closed for renovation. They could tell you this when you buy the tickets. Very little information is in English regarding the exhibits. The quality of the waxworks is amazing and they seem... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Animals collected from around the world. Think long before a world with television and internet to those who collected these specimens. Truly amazing. But the greatest part of La Specola was the human wax figures built long ago to help scientists study the human body. I loved this museum.

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Looe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

This museum is so unusual, it's in the former university building, a bit run down but so so interesting. First you go through room after room of stuffed animals, not everyone's taste but fascinating because they are so old and you can imagine the amazement of people seeing foreign flora and fauna for the first time. We have so much... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I loved this gallery, but if your not into natural history, taxidermy and anatomy then it's not for you. You can tell the displays are a bit old but that just adds to the charm. Vast collection of birds! The anatomical wax figures are absolutely amazing. Loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

In Oltrarno past the Pitti Palace and before the Porta Romana is a wierd, unique and fascinating museum. La Specola is a fascinating collection of taxidermy and wax recreations. Art classes flock to this place and one visit will show you why. It is not really busy (unless you have a class going through) and the collection is fascinating. It... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

Interesting, but if you have limited time Id skip it. They have almost any animal you could imagine and the wax bodies are unique. However you can find similar things in other parts of the world. Id opt for something more cultural and unique to Italy. If you visit florence frequently its worth a few hours.

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