We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Museo Zoologico La Specola

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 275 5100
Website
Today
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 128 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 70
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Most recent review
Something a bit different

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Foodbaby47
,
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

128 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oslo, Norway
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
31 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
45 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lancashire, United Kingdom
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

So lucky to wander in here... This museum was both my dad's and my 15 year old brother's favorite museum in Italy. An awesome collection of oddities- from room after room of hundreds of leering stuffed animals (I hate stuff like that usually but its just so strange here that it became interesting) and- perhaps one of the highlights of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
on tour
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We were there to see the wax anatomical exhibits and so were disappointed to arrive at the end of the museum to discover 2 of the rooms were closed for renovation. They could tell you this when you buy the tickets. Very little information is in English regarding the exhibits. The quality of the waxworks is amazing and they seem... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Bloomington, Illinois
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Animals collected from around the world. Think long before a world with television and internet to those who collected these specimens. Truly amazing. But the greatest part of La Specola was the human wax figures built long ago to help scientists study the human body. I loved this museum.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Museo Zoologico La Specola also viewed

 
Florence, Province of Florence
Florence, Province of Florence
 

Been to Museo Zoologico La Specola? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Museo Zoologico La Specola staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?