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University of Florence Natural History Museum

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Address: Via Giorgio La Pira, 4, 50121 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 275 6444
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Description: The Museum of Natural History, University of Florence, was founded in 1775...
The Museum of Natural History, University of Florence, was founded in 1775 by Grand Duke Peter Leopold, although the Botanical Garden dates back to 1545. With its 8 million specimens, it is the most important naturalistic museum in Italy and one of the greatest in the world.
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Great Museum for the History of Medical Education

Marvelous museum, jammed full of interesting exhibits. The incredibly life like wax creations for the education of medical students are unbelievable and tell a fascinating... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Brandon, FL

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Brandon, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Marvelous museum, jammed full of interesting exhibits. The incredibly life like wax creations for the education of medical students are unbelievable and tell a fascinating history of medical education. Worth a visit!!!!

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This natural history museum is not like we are used to in the States, and that's a great thing. The medical history section was fascinating, if not some times a little gory/graphic. But I find medical anomalies and the research they did in those eras fascinating!

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Hamilton Parish, Bermuda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Keep walking past the Pitti Palace and about 200 years down the road on your left you will find an unimposing entrance that barely advertises itself. The museum is upstairs and you might be forgiven for thinking you are going into a private residence. It opens a little later than some of the other museums and is closed on Mondays... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Amazing collections of Minerals of different sizes and colors, the mamooth skeleton, plant & animal pre-historic fossils plus the Florence Botanical garden (orto botanico) which established in 1545. Recommended!

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

The mueseums are spread around the city..not really worth the time.go eat something instead..if you dont speak italian it can be uninteresting as not everything is described in another language

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

We were walking past this museum (you could easily miss it) when some Italian ladies recommended the Giazotto Crystal exhibition to us. Being a bit of a nerd for things like that, we took their advice, and we were not disappointed! Entry to the exhibit was very cheap, less than 5E each, and the collection was incredible! We walked into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

You may not like stuffed animals. Don't go. Or dissected human bodies, flayed open to see all the parts. Don't go. But what an amazing collection. I finally saw my first duck-billed platypus. And a Galapagos penguin. And, oh, the things I learned about the human body.

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The pleasant atmosphere of this residential area, a stone’s throw away from the Duomo of Florence, surprises everyone. A continuous flow of backpacking students provides the tranquil surroundings for the elderly residents who sit in Piazza San Marco to read the daily newspaper. Home to several universities, including the Academy of Fine Arts, San Marco is one of the most vibrant cultural centers in the city. A bridge connecting the modern cultural activity of Florence to its classic art, represented by the everlasting magnificence of the original David, resonates as a symbol of Florence and of Italy as a whole. Get lost in a Neoclassic world, a journey back in time through historic buildings like Spedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents), San Marco church, Basilica della Santissima Annunziata, and natural jewels like the Botanical Gardens.
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