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Museo Zoologico La Specola

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Address: Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 275 5100
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This fascinating natural history collection can be traced back to the...

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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Fascinating and a hidden gem in Florence

The Natural History Museum in Florence is an absolute gem primarily due to it's anatomical wax models that are just incredible. VERY QUIET in late January too. The museum is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Natural History Museum in Florence is an absolute gem primarily due to it's anatomical wax models that are just incredible. VERY QUIET in late January too. The museum is past the Pitti Palace walking away from the Ponte Vecci. It is NOT very clearly sign-posted, set back in a courtyard. You can buy tickets on the door or at... More 

Thank jtzgt
Albany, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 12 year old was fascinated by the enormous collection of animals, and squeamish at the far to realistic human anatomical collection. A must see for anyone interested in the inner workings of the body. A short walk from Pitti Palace past many artisan shops selling locally crafted wares.

Thank starfishgalaxy
Rota, Andalucía, Spain
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This collection starts off slow and then it gets exciting and keeps going.. I never realized how large and vast this collection was. It was great how it slowly grew from one room to the next.

Thank Jonathan S
Florence, Italy
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525 reviews
195 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

As often it happens in Florence, city science museums, being of ancient foundation, are, even more than facilities for scientific education, places where you can learn much about the history of science itself. This rule also applies to the collection of anatomical wax models housed in the Museum. It comes as a really unique in the world, and certainly the... More 

1 Thank Brun066
Sao Paulo, SP
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24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

I went to the museum and loved it. The human body section was really well made with each organ system in a separate glass case. Stoning amount of animal species (mammals, birds, reptiles etc.). I highly recommend this museum for people who like animals and the human body.

Thank humbertus o
Phoenix, Arizona
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95 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Well, I see others have said this is a fun and quirky museum. That is probably a good synopsis. It is basically full of wax and preserved animals, insects, marine life, etc. from around the globe in the 18th and 19th century; as well as an amazing collection of wax human medical cut-aways displaying all of the internals of human... More 

1 Thank Denis B
Las Vegas, Nevada
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We sauntered through this whole museum at our own pace unhurried by tourist crowds and waves of humanity like in other areas of Florence. There is a huge collection of preserved animal specimens - (HUGE!), a huge collection of wax human anatomy specimens dating back to the beginnings of the formal study of medicine, and a beautiful dramatic colorful global... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

This is a fun and different museum in Florence. I have admit that we thought it was a little bit more scary - but the whole family had fun.

Thank Sofie R
Calgary, Canada
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This museum is worth searching out. It's not swarming with tourists and the collections are interesting. They have an extensive collection of taxidermy from around the world. The collection appears to date back to the 19th and early 20th century. By far the highlight of the museum was the wax models of humans. There is a a very large collection... More 

1 Thank Wanderer336
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The best part about this museum is obviously its collection of anatomical wax figures, but the other advantage is the fact it's not full of other tourists. Get out of the heat and explore a quiet and quirky museum that offers something a bit different.

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Pitti is a neighborhood characterized by art and history. Renaissance architecture such as Pitti Palace, which houses five museums alone, introduces visitors to the green lungs of spectacular Boboli Gardens. Any visitor can wander through statues, fountains, and panoramic viewpoints. Around the garden, treasures like the Museum of Natural History of the Specola and Villa Bardini guide guests through Florence as the cradle of the Renaissance. End the day with an aperitif in Piazza della Passera or the more romantic Forte di Belvedere, which offers an amazing panoramic view of the entire city.
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