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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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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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