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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
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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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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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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Additional Information about Museo Zoologico La Specola

Address: Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 275 5100
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Pitti
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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Pitti
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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