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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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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: 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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Animal exhibits great for kids

my 7 year old loved the wide range of animal exhibits here. This is a great afternoon away from the hustle and bustle. The anatomical models were a little graphic for his liking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

my 7 year old loved the wide range of animal exhibits here. This is a great afternoon away from the hustle and bustle. The anatomical models were a little graphic for his liking and a quick look in these rooms were enough for him. These wax models were amazing though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We LOVED this museum! Over 30 rooms of taxidermed animals and anatomical models that were super interesting and wonderful to see if you have interest in those things. It was cool to see the variety and quantity of the taxidermy in this less-visited museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

You know all those shows traveling around with waxed corpses? (ie Bodyworlds and The Body Exhibition etc?) - Old News. Florence was doing this in the 18th century. La Specola is a natural history museum, and showcases the wonder of science - as was practiced in (and before) the 1700's. It offers both a window on human anatomy, and on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We really enjoyed this museum which we stumbled across on a walk past the Pitti Palace. A wide range of animals have been collected - from all sorts of insects to birds to deep sea fish to lions and tigers. And once you're through the animals (and the amusing taxidermy in many cases) there's an amazing human anatomy exhibition, with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I found this museum to be very interesting. I especially liked their collection of insects and the wax collection that shows the anatomy of the human body. What was even more special about the wax displays was that most of them were made during the 18th century! Although I found the stuffed animals a bit creepy, I would still recommend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

If you have children who are becoming somewhat jaded by the all the art,then this is a fantastic museum to bring them to. It is a fascinating mixture of stuffed and mounted animals and gory wax works showing the inner workings of the human body. Sounds awful in some ways but my two just loved it. There are multiple animal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This was by far my favourite activity in Florence. I googled "florence off the beaten track" and it came up with "La Specola". This natural history museum has some really weird specimens, dating back hundreds of years, it has a great bird and sea collection. It is suitable for any age group and would be an interesting family outing. Don't... More 

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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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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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