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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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What a spectacular museum! Since I have been to Florence and seen the greatest hits, it was time to explore other wonderful treasures that are available. And this museum was it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

What a spectacular museum! Since I have been to Florence and seen the greatest hits, it was time to explore other wonderful treasures that are available. And this museum was it! While it had the requisite "stuffed" animals and nature dioramas - the must see part is the anatomic waxes. Back in the 1800's it was forbidden to look at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Everytime I have been I have found something new I never saw the time before. Really wonderful museum with a great anatomical collection of wax figures and drawings. Great for anyone interested in animals, anatomy, or an artist wanting a quiet place to sketch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This place was so cool. Packed exhibits of stuffed animals, not at all like it's done today. There are thousands of species here, room upon room of birds, flora, mammals. When I was there, there was an astonishing exhibit of gems--a dimly lit room with hundreds of rocks glowing--truly breathtaking. The museum also abuts the Boboli gardens, so you can... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I have been to Florence several times before, but this was the first time I had visited the museo zoologico la specola. Located just down the road from the pitti palace, well worth visiting. I would think it would be a excellent place to take children, fascinating and educational. Closed on Mondays.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

My three year old loved this place, it's Hughes and full of stuffed animals. It was a welcome break from art galleries and churches. My only gripes was no toilet on same floor so it's a long trek if you need a loo break also all information in Italian, no English which meant we could only look at the exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Luckily for us our son loves animals so this was a very welcome treat for him in the city. Only downside is that they do not accept cards and there is a big section on the human body a quite graphic and freaky for young kids. Other than that we loved it.

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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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Address: Address: Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 275 5100
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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