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“Great for children” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museo di Storia Naturale

Museo di Storia Naturale
Santa Croce 1730, 30125 Venice, Italy (Santa Croce)
+39 041 2750206
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Ranked #38 of 350 things to do in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Housed in the Fontego dei Turchi Palace at the Grand Canal, the museum is an institution that coordinates and conducts scientific research in the territory, ensuring the maintenance and increase of scientific collections, organizing educational activities and services to the citizens. The new, evocative and engaging layout has a modern and original museological facility.
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“Great for children”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

My 2 children loved this museum. Great collection of fossils and animals. Well displayed. Good break from visiting galleries and churches.

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“great place to visit with your kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

beautiful building, fun exhibit for the entire family, the garden is also great when one needs a break in the shade on a hot day.

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“Wonderfully weird.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

This is not your average Natural History Museum...far different than any other Canadian or American one I've seen. The choice of music and decor makes the experience one of a kind. Especially a great activity for a rainy day or if you're travelling with children!

Visited December 2011
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“Worth a detour - some surprises - good and bad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

We visited the natural history museum as it was part of the museum pass and it was a wet day. We have a good museum in Manchester and also London so had fairly low expactations yet were pleasantly surprised as it was very imaginatively laid out and exhibits seemed to be fairly new. In addition, the building is lovely and as said by another reviewer the garden and fountain are gorgeous.

The fossils were good and there was an interesting evolutionary diagram which helps in the explanation of evolution to primary school children although the time zones are still mind blowing. The highlight has to be an excellent interactive display which projects images onto a domed ceiling and your voice sounds amplified if you talk - it is most bizarre. Really good but you need to be patient while other people have a go. I could have played on it all day.

The marine animals albeit stuffed were well displayed too in glass bubbles suspended from the ceiling. There is a live aquarium which at first sight you may think is not much but if you look closely there is alot to see. It is a typical Mediterranean scene. Lots of sea cucumbers, crabs, brittle stars, sea horses as well as coral and fish. I loved it.

If you have young kids, the bits they may find gory/macabre were as follows:-
There are two rooms full (and I mean full) of hunting trophies/stuffed animal heads which we didn't like. I know the past is a different country and there is no point in throwing them away but my stomach turned over at the two giraffe heads with neck and an elephant head displayed on the wall.

In addition there were quite a few dissections in cases that had been preserved which my daughter didn't like. All sorts of things. If you have older kids, they probably wouldn't mind. However I am sure they will giggle at the model of the human man who is in a state of arousal. Well it is Italy afterall!

They do apologise for the limited information in English as I think they are still working on that. You can get by though and there is some English in the displays especially the more modern ones.

Visited October 2011
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“we were impressed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

We only went here because of the museum pass, but we did enjoy this museum. I have to say we were the tourists there. It is a very contemporary museum, nicely organized and relatively small. There are several collection collected by 19th century gentlemen - all these stuffed animals and skins. So if you like natural history museums, I'd advise to see this museum. However if you just wonder around Venice the front facade is gorgeous and there is a nice garden at the back with a small fountain (before paying the entry fee)

Visited May 2011
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