This is one of the municipal museums you can visit with the Venice Museumpass. there is a huge collection of well prepared and mounted material, but whilst some exhibits have been recently updated (e.g. whales, different styles of locomotion), with proper explanations and even some descriptions in English as well as Italian, a huge amount of material is crammed into glass cases without adequate or often any description. Things are diplayed alongside each other that don't belong. Perhaps in due course reorganization and re-presentation will prograssively be carried out, but even in the meantime there are lots of fascinating collections to look at.
A lot of recent effort has gone into displaying fossils, in a 'walk through time' accompanied by a background of ethereal music. However, in trying to give a modernistic style of display many specimens are inadequately lit, and an opportunity to display material in an evolutionary context has been missed. There are odd juxtapositions - an Eocene bat skeleton next to a mastodon's tooth!
Shortcomings notwithstanding, the museum is definitely well worth a visit. Kids will love it!
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