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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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The collection of stuffed animals is interesting, but what is unique is the collection of impressive anatomical waxes

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Florence, Italy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

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.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 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 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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

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.

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Calgary, Canada
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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 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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

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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San Jose, California
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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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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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