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“A hidden gem, great for kids, but a bit disorganized” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museo di Storia Naturale

Museo di Storia Naturale
Santa Croce 1730, 30125 Venice, Italy (San Croce)
+39 041 2750206
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Ranked #30 of 212 attractions in Venice
Type: Museums, Libraries
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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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“A hidden gem, great for kids, but a bit disorganized”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

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!

Visited March 2013
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“Nice change from the other museums”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

This is worth visiting if you are in Venice for more than two or three days - not a necessary visit, but a nice change from all the art museums and palaces. Its only 8 Euros entrance for an adult.
There is an excellent display of fossils and preserved animals, and some interactive exhibits.

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

An excellent few hours spent here with our 5 year old who was really enthraled ( so were we actually). Ferry ride on line 1 and an easy, scenic (and signposted) walk got us there in no time. The area has an excellent cake shop too! Well worth the visit.

Visited February 2013
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“best museum in Venice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

We always have a look around this museum [ our hotel is very local] and marvel at the superb displays also its a fantastic walk from St Marco to Arsenale do try the food from the ship moored outside yummy!!

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“Great accidental find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We just happened to see the signs as we strolled around the city. This turned out to be a real gem as it had amazing exhibits and an interactive feature that demonstrated the procreation, growth etc of nature. Some of the exhibits are a little freaky as they are of stuffed animals (very life-like) and shrunken heads. Otherwise a gorgeous museum. Just be aware that almost all signage is in Italian but not too difficult to figure it out.

Visited January 2013
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